ResumeDoctor.com undertook the immense project of conducting a survey of more than 2500 recruiters / headhunters throughout the US and Canada to find out their "Pet Peeves" with regards to the resumes they receive. These recruiters represented a wide range of specialties and industries: Engineering, Information Technology, Sales and Marketing, Executive, Biotech, Healthcare, Administrative, Finance, etc.
ResumeDoctor.com sought to find out what the recruiter's likes and dislikes are in a resume and what it takes to get them to read a resume.
TOP 20 THINGS THAT RECRUITERS SAID THEY HATE ABOUT RESUMES
- Spelling errors, typos and poor grammar
- Too Duty-Oriented: A resume that reads like a job description and fails to explain what the job seeker's accomplishments were and how they did so.
- Dates not included or inaccurate dates
- Contact Info: none or inaccurate contact info, unprofessional e-mail addresses
- Poor formatting: boxes, templates, tables, use of headers and footers, etc.
- Functional resumes as opposed to writing a chronological resume
- Long Resumes: too long
- Paragraphs: Long paragraphs instead of bullet-points
- Unqualified Candidates: Candidates who apply to positions for which they are unqualified
- Personal Info included not relevant to the job
- Employer info not included and/or not telling what industry or product candidate worked in
- Lying, misleading (especially in terms of education, dates and inflated titles)
- Objectives or meaningless introductions
- Font choice - poor font choice or style
- Resumes sent as PDF, ZIP files, faxed, web page resumes or mailed. Resumes not sent as WORD Attachment
- Pictures, Graphics or URL links no recruiter will call up
- No easy-to-follow summary
- 1st or 3rd Person - Resumes written in the 1st or 3rd Person
- Gaps in employment
- Burying important info in the resume