Hiring managers may receive hundreds of resumes for their positions. That means that they spend as little as 5-6 seconds on their initial review. Your resume must be to their liking.
If you want to be one of the “call backs”, there are certain items that you should never put on your resume. Jacquelyn Smith and Rachel Gillett of Business Insider have outlined some of these items.
- An Objective
- Irrelevant work experience
- Personal Stuff
- Your hobbies
- Blatant lies
- Your age
- Too much text – keep a lot of white space in your resume
- Time off – Vacation for a year, really
- Inconsistent formatting
- Personal pronouns
- Present tense for a past job
- Any unnecessary or obvious words
- A less than professional email address
- Headers, footers, tables, images, or charts
- Your current business contact info
- Your boss’ name
- Company specific jargon
- Social media URL’s that are not related to the targeted position
- More than 15 years’ experience
- Salary information
- Outdated fonts
- Fancy fonts
- Annoying buzzwords
- Reasons you left a company or position
- Your GPA
- A photo of yourself
- Opinions not facts
- Short-term employment
The vetting process for resumes is brief and to the point. Eliminating these errors may give you the chance at that all important interview.
For a more detailed understanding, see BusinessInsider
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