What 4 resume mistakes suggest to potential employers!

November 8th, 2012 | Articles, Resume | 1 Comment »

When thoughtless resumes are submitted to employers, these documents can signal hiring managers to keep looking. So, take these suggestions to heart and avoid the following resume mistakes.

To hiring managers, your resume can be one of two things: a dinner bell that whets their appetites or a fog horn that sends them scrambling away. Regardless of the type of position, a mistake in your resume can sabotage you faster than the time it takes you to say “late for dinner.” In fact, each of the following four types of mistake conveys a specific, negative message to prospective employers that directly impacts your chances at a first interview.

Grammatical Errors: You may think that using “there” instead of “their” or occasionally overlooking subject-verb agreement only affects applicants for editing/copywriting positions but these types of grammatical errors send red flags to countless hiring managers. A messy, unrevised resume can imply a lacking attention to detail and suggest that your work will be fraught with serious mistakes. If you are an IT professional, these mistakes can suggest your code work will be sloppy and require numerous avoidable fixes down the road. If you are an engineer, these mistakes can suggest that your 3D models will lack structural integrity or possess glaring redundancies. For any position, these thoughtless mistakes can lead to costly realities down the line, a contingency that most hiring managers would rather avoid.

Inaccessible Structures: Resumes need to be readable, so when the key selling points of your resume are hard to extract in 6 seconds, most hiring managers will keep you at arm’s length. Though particularly condemning for graphic designers, a confusing resume layout can ruin anyone’s chances. These types of mistakes suggest that you fail to consider your audience, your end users, or anyone who will have to extract anything from your work. Basically, if you are unwilling to put yourself in a customer’s shoes, most hiring managers don’t really want you around.

Stock Resume Formats: When you use a stock resume that fails to cater to the employer or lacks potent buzz words, you send a strong message: that you are inflexible and unmotivated to succeed. These may be harsh words but when hiring managers imagine you in their open position, they see an obstruction to progress that may impede the dynamic flow of the business. Though this may be far from the truth, it will be unlikely you’ll have a chance to defend yourself face to face.

Issues with Length: Be it too long or too short, your paragraph and document lengths are not to be taken lightly. When you are too concise or too long-winded, it shows your lacking perception of resume norms. Once again, your adaptability can come into question. If you can’t fill in your experience or trim your work history down to relevant, recent roles, you can be seen as oblivious to the big picture and not worth the time & resources necessary for an interview.

Bottom Line: Resume mistakes create a narrative in the hiring manager’s mind that suggest thousands in losses and projects that drag on ad infinitum. Though not everyone will read intensely into a minor error, the risk is too high to not be careful. So, review your documents, use readable formats, and cater to the expectations of the hiring managers. You will cut straight through the lesser candidates and keep hiring managers waiting for the next course!

by James Walsh

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One Response to “What 4 resume mistakes suggest to potential employers!”

  1. Darlene N. Vincent says:

    Include a Professional Summary. Instead of writing an objective at the top that states what job you want, craft a professional summary recapping your relevant experience in one or two sentences. Done well, this may convince hiring managers to spend longer than a minute with your resume or application.