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Top 20 recruiter pet peeves when reading resumes

Posted in Hiring, Job Interviews and Resume Resources, Links, Technology by engtech on April 17, 2006


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  1. Spelling Errors, Typos and Poor Grammar
  2. Too duty oriented – reads like a job description, failing to explain the job seeker's relevant accomplishments
  3. Missing dates or inaccurate dates
  4. Missing contact Info, inaccurate, or unprofessional email addresses
  5. Poor formatting – boxes, templates, tables, use of header and footers, etc.
  6. Resumes organized by job function as opposed to chronological by employer
  7. Long resumes – greater than 2 pages
  8. Long, dense paragraphs – no bullet-points
  9. Unqualified candidates – candidates who apply to positions for which they are not qualified
  10. Personal info not relevant to the job
  11. Missing employer Info and/or not indicating what industry in which the candidate worked
  12. Lying and misleading – especially in terms of education, dates and inflated titles
  13. Objectives and meaningless introductions
  14. Poor font choice or style
  15. Resumes sent as PDF files, Zip files, faxes, or mailed resumes; i.e. not sent as a WORD attachment
  16. Irritating Pictures, graphics or URL links
  17. No easy-to-follow summary of skills and accomplishments
  18. Resumes written with 1st person references, or in the 3rd person
  19. Unexplained gaps in employment
  20. Burying important info in the resume

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