Recently, ResumeDoctor.com surveyed 2500 recruiters across the US and Canada to find out the top “Pet Peeves” recruiters have about resumes that result in a resume being tossed in the excluded pile. These recruiters dealt with varied specialties and industries, such as, Engineering, IT, Sales and Marketing, Administrative, Finance, etc.
Recruiters receive hundreds of resumes a day, so they must narrow down the “keepers” through the process of elimination. According to executive search recruiter Terry Cantrell of Panama City, Florida, “People often try to write a resume so generic that a reader has no idea what industry the candidate comes from. Did they manufacture fertilizer, package cow chips, cook and distribute potato chips or assemble computer chips? … I am usually looking for a reason to exclude resumes, not a reason to include them.”
More often than not, your resume will be the only tool to let your reader know why you would be the right person for the job. According to Mike Worthington at www.ResumeDoctor.com, “Just because you have 20 years of experience, does not necessarily mean you have a good resume. It simply means you have 20 years of experience…. You may have all the necessary skills and experience, but the way you present yourself through your resume can tell your reader all they need to know.”
Listed below are the Top 20 Resume “Pet Peeves,” starting with the biggest problems.
Be sure your resume does not rank high on your reader’s “pet peeve” list. Know how to market your skills and present your background in a way that captures the interest of your reader. Typically, if your resume contains even a few of these “pet peeves,” it likely will be tossed aside or deleted, and your chance at that job will be lost.
More detailed insight to each problem can be found at: http://www.resumedoctor.com/ResourceCenter.htm
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