I have written posts about resumes and how one should conduct themselves in interviews countless times. I have reviewed resumes for nearly two decades and have conducted job interviews for that same length of time. With that being said, I am dishearted at the fact that many people just don’t know what a resume should entail once one decides to email it to a potential employer.
Once I receive an email, either through Monster or to my direct email address to review. I pick out the best ones, but I’m often horrified that many people still do not know what not to do when creating a resume. This is why many of the resumes that I receive might end up being placed in the shredder.
Here are the top 5 reasons why I shredded your resume:
- Spelling errors: Please have someone proofread one’s resume before submitting it to job sites for potential employers to evaluate. I see countless spelling errors throughout one’s resumes, and it is more than likely a reason employers will not take one seriously enough to think about giving them an interview, yet alone hiring them. It is better to have more than one pair of eyes reviewing it because they will likely catch an error that one did not see. If it’s for a management position one is applying for, more than likely the shredder will be having a rendezvous with the resume.
- Inappropriate email address: Gmail is free, so why can’t one just create an email address that is appropriate and professional. I’m not going to entertain an email address that has a stripper name, or any other sexually explicit name. I saw an email address on a resume that stated: BlackNHung@such&such.com (I changed the actual address to protect the innocent). What do I look like emailing someone with an email address like that? Inappropriate emails addresses are unprofessional, and it indicates to potential employers that one is unprofessional themselves.
- The resume looks like a four-page letter: The last time I checked four-page letter was a song composed by the late Aaliyah. I’m sure Aaliyah didn’t equate that to writing one to replicate a resume. A resume should never exceed a page, one should learn how to minimize the jobs so that they fit on one page alongside their education. Also, I don’t need to see paragraphs after paragraph on how many recommendations and awards one receives. Keep it simple with enough detail, but don’t over exceed it. I don’t want to be flipping though page after page of one’s work experience.
- Too many jobs listed: I don’t need to read 100 jobs on one’s resume. A good seven years of work experience would suffice. If one had an overabundance of jobs within that seven-year period (say one is hypothetically in their 30’s or 40’s) that indicates one is not stable in a job environment. Some jobs one can leave off a resume, but I should never have to read a long list, which turns a potential employer off. I am looking to hire someone who will more than likely stay longer than five months – try a few years!
- Lying: Please don’t lie to oneself and this includes the topic of education. If one is three credits away from receiving one’s bachelor’s or master’s degree, then you didn’t get a degree. Stop saying you have a bachelor’s because when it’s time to prove that one does have a degree, and one can’t come up with proof; that can cost one a job. Also, stop lying about a job one had that one never obtained in the first place. That’s what checkable references are for, if the references can’t be verified, then one’s job history is null and void. Some companies (most notably if one is applying for a city, state or federal job) usually request the potential employer print out all the jobs that one have accumulated from the social security office.
Take this time to review one’s resume and change anything that may apply to this list. One does not want to have their resume end up in the shredder due to these mistakes, which could have been avoided. Happy job hunting!
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