Yesterday we reviewed “The Resume Kit” by Richard Beatty. Today we will address an article he wrote for the Wall Street Journal that entitled “These Resume Gaffes Do Immediate Damage.”
For a single job, resumes are compiled by the hundreds. The hiring manager for these jobs is one of two people:
- Someone that works for a large corporation handling many open jobs.
- Someone that works in some random department that is taking time out of their busy schedule to hire someone for an open role.
Either way, the person is busy. Very busy. They do not have time to go through a bunch of terrible resumes that belong to people that are qualified for the position. If you make some blatant and terrible mistakes, you’re out, even if the rest of your resume is sound and your experiences are vast. Here are several examples of mistakes that make an annoying resume.
- Long, Extensive Work History – If you held ten jobs, and you list ten jobs on your resume, chances are you are immediately out of the running. The only reason an employer would go through all of those jobs is if each one is extremely relevant and you are applying to some type of executive position, and even then it is unlikely. Keep your resume brief using only your relevant jobs.
- Sloppy Design – If you chose bad fonts or poor colors or you use blocky paragraphs, or anything that detracts from your content, you are going to be ignored pretty quick. Resumes that are poorly designed are extremely annoying, and no hiring manager wants to search to find the important points. They should jump off the page.
- Clichés – Clichés are unbearably annoying for hiring managers. If they read a million resumes that all say the same thing, they are going to find yours and want to gauge their eyes out. Be original and unique, and try not to sound like everyone else.
These are just a few of the many irritating things that hiring managers find in resumes. However, the above three represent the most common and annoying mistakes. Avoid them on your resume and you will at least pass the first inspection.
Take Away Tips
- Avoid clichés
- Use an attractive design
- Shorten your work history.
- David Silverman Article