Good Morning, Readers!
Ever wonder if your résumé is up to the tough challenges of the current job market? With a large amount of top talent, like you, on the hunt for a new career, people are beginning to get a little creative with their résumés and cover letters to spark excitement.
While some spunk may grab the attention of the hiring manager, others are a downright no-go. Today, I couldn’t resist sharing a very interesting and rather baffling CareerBuilder survey I found called “Common and Not-So-Common Resume Mistakes That Can Cost You the Job.” Here are the unforgiveable blunders they discovered:
- Résumé was submitted from a person the company just fired
- Résumé’s “Skills” section was spelled “Skelze”
- Résumé listed the candidate’s objective as “To work for someone who is not an alcoholic with three DUIs like my current employer”
- Résumé included language typically seen in text messages (e.g., no capitalization and use of shortcuts like “u”)
- Résumé consisted of one (run-on) sentence: “Hire me, I’m awesome”
- Résumé listed the candidate’s online video gaming experience leading warrior “clans,” suggesting this passed for leadership experience
- Résumé included pictures of the candidate from baby photos to adulthood
- Résumé was written in Klingon language from Star Trek
- Résumé was a music video
- Résumé didn’t include the candidate’s name
- On the job application, where it asks for your job title with a previous employer, the applicant wrote “Mr.”
- Résumé included time spent in jail for assaulting a former boss
Do your résumés have any of these formidable faux pas? If so, time to do a serious round of editing to get it up to snuff! Take a look at my post, Reasons for No Résumé Responses, for more helpful hints.
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