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What hiring managers hate about your resume


So you say you've sent out 4 million resumes and have not gotten as much as a nibble? If you've got the right experience but you're just not getting your foot in the door anywhere, maybe there are problems with your resume. I recently asked TechRepublic members who are IT managers what kinds of things make them want to just chuck a resume in the trash.

You would do well to take a look at their comments and then go back and take a look at your resume. Are you guilty of any of these?

  • Grammatical/spelling errors Too much information (or as GSG says, "I'm hiring you for a job. I don't want to know about your 4 kids, that they are (in your opinion) little Einsteins, your dogs, your husband/wife, or your hobby of knitting little stocking caps for the poor little cold kittens.")
  • Information provided that the interviewer can't legally ask for (marital status, age, religion)
  • Unexplained date gaps in work experience
  • An overstatement of technical skills
  • Bad formatting (TiggerTwo hates "the failure to place the most important information in the top third of the page, lack of white space, a bunch of keywords that appear to exist only to be keywords, failure to provide a skills listing, use of less than 10 point font, and use of a difficult-to-read font.")
  • "If you can't tell from the resume alone if the owner is enthusiastic about (some aspects of) his previous job experiences, the resume is out."
  • Not highlighting actual results delivered
  • Overly long resumes. According to frostbite, "anything more than 2 pages is a hard read, more than 4 is a tome."
  • Here's a link to the full discussion. You'll find lots of good advice from experienced IT managers.

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Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.

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