When submitting your resume for a job position, you obviously want to make yourself stand out from the crowd. However, just make sure you’re standing out for the right reasons.
In a study by Harris Interactive, commissioned by CareerBuilder.com, surveyed 2,076 hiring managers and human-resource professionals and 2,999 workers across industries. The study uncovered some pretty interesting resume mistakes that surely cost candidates the job. Take a gander at some of the most outrageous finds below.
»Resume listed objective as, “to work for someone who is not an alcoholic with three DUIs like my current employer”
»Resume listed the candidate’s online video gaming experience, “leading warrior clans,” as an acceptable form of leadership experience
»Resume included pictures of candidate from baby photos to adulthood
»Resume was a music video
»Resume included time spent in jail for assaulting a former boss
»Resume included language typically seen in text messages (e.g., no capitalization and use of shortcuts like “u”)
1. Irrelevant Experience – Recruiters are pressed for time; your resume is only one of probably hundreds they have to review. Therefore, unless it’s going to leave a gaping hole in your job timeline, it is best to leave immaterial job experience off of your resume. Make sure to include only relevant experiences that count toward the position for which you are applying. If you’re fresh out of college with not much job experience, internships and applicable coursework are the safest bet.
2. No Non-Professional Achievements – Titles like Prom Queen or Captain of the Football Team may not be as flattering in the corporate world as you think. It’s best to leave off non-professional achievements on your resume. You never know, for tightly buttoned-up corporate types, prom queen could equate to “prima donna” and a football captain may conjure up an image of “dumb jock.” If applicable, save it for the interview.
3. Bad grammar – Be sure to have two or three other people review your resume. Correct any grammatical errors. The best practice is to keep it simple. Stay away from five syllabled, obscure words that just make you seem like you are trying to sound smart.
4. Don’t be high maintenance – Please no perfume, cutesy paper or other adornments.
Good luck and happy hunting!