CareerBuilder surveyed 2,500 employers between May 18 and June 3, 2010 and here are some of the results:
- Forty-eight percent of human resource managers surveyed reported they typically review 25 applications or less for open positions.
- Thirty-eight percent said, on average, they spend less than a minute reviewing a resume; 18 percent spend less than 30 seconds.
Because of stats like these, managers have almost developed a shorthand reading process that lets them cull exactly the information that is relevant and applicable from resumes they receive. And it's an unfortunate phenomenon that resume mistakes and weirdness just jump out at them.
Most of the managers in the survey said they pay more attention to resumes that are tailored for the position they're offering. That means they can spot fairly quickly the generic, one-size-fits-all resume and they don't respond favorably to it. This means if a job description asks for experience in network administration, you should lead with that experience, even if it's not a huge part of your job or actually occurred at a previous job and not the one you're in now.
The survey also revealed some more goofy blunders that the hiring managers have seen in resumes. Some of them are hard to believe but you never know—someone might benefit from seeing them. They are:
- Candidate put God down as a reference (no phone number).
- Candidate listed her hobby as alligator watching.
- Candidate claimed to be a direct descendant of the Vikings.
- Candidate's email address had "lovesbeer" in it.
- Candidate listed "Master of Time and Universe" under his experience.
- Candidate started off the application with "Do you want a tiger?"
- Candidate specifically pointed out that he was not a gypsy.
- Candidate's condition for accepting the position was being allowed to bring his pet monkey to the workplace.
- Candidate pointed out, "I'll have your job in five years."
- Candidate sent a 24-page resume for a 5-year career.
- Candidate put a picture of her cat on top of her resume.
- Candidate declared himself the LeBron James of table games.
- Candidate sent a video trying to hypnotize the HR manager into hiring him.
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Toni Bowers is the former 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.