How a Bad Resume Weeds Out Candidates

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In today’s highly competitive job market, it’s essential to have a bulletproof resume. A recruiter or hiring manager can literally weed out a bad resume in seconds. Even the smallest error or oversight can cost you your chance of landing an interview.

If you want to make sure your resume doesn’t end up in the “no pile” then be sure to avoid these resume mistakes.

1. Spelling Errors and Typos 

You may be wondering, are people still submitting resumes with spelling mistakes and typos in 2024? The answer, unfortunately is yes, despite the fact that almost 60% of recruiters will reject a resume with spelling errors.

Small spelling errors and typos signal to hiring managers and recruiters that you’re not detail-oriented at best and downright lazy at worst.

Even if you’ve run spell-check and you’ve proofread your resume a dozen times, always have a friend or colleague review your resume as well. There’s nothing like a second pair of eyes to identify those small errors that you’ve been glossing over.

Better yet, have a professional resume writing service create your resume for you. One of the benefits of having a professionally-crafted resume is knowing that it will be free of errors and typos.

2. Not Listing Your LinkedIn Profile

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If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile at this point, then you should make one immediately. You can use LinkedIn to network, build your personal brand, and find employment opportunities. In fact, there are 6 people hired via LinkedIn every minute.

Assuming you do have a LinkedIn profile, you need to make sure your LinkedIn address is prominently displayed on your resume. Not having a LinkedIn profile listed could make employers think you don’t have an online presence—which could be very concerning.

Research suggests that not having any social media presence at all can be bad for your job search. It could be enough of a reason for recruiters and hiring managers to discard your resume.

3. Listing Only Tasks, But No Accomplishments 

No employer wants to read a description of the tasks you did on a daily basis. That’s not enough to convince them to call you in for an interview. You want to make sure that your resume is filled with outstanding achievements that have hard numbers attached.

For example, don’t just say you were in charge of a call center. Say you implemented new processes that reduced customers hold time by 2 minutes.

Don’t just say that you designed social media campaigns. Highlight those campaigns that increased a brand’s followers or made a measurable impact to sales goals.

4. Having a Multi-Page Resume  

Having A Multi-Page Resume

Resumes should be up to two pages, tops. No hiring manager has the time or the interest in reading a multi-page document, even for federal jobs today. They are more likely to toss it out than even give it any consideration at all.

5. Using an Unprofessional Email Address 

Did you know that 76% of recruiters will reject your resume outright if they see an unprofessional email address?

In the early days of the internet, we all had a laugh making up “funny” or unique email addresses. You may have used it to show your allegiance to your favorite band (e.g., pearljamrules@aol.com) or sports team (e.g., MetsFan1@hotmail.com).

Those email address hijinks are a complete non-starter when it comes to resumes. You want to have a professional email address on your resume when applying for jobs.

Your best option for a professional email address will include some version of your first name and last name followed by the domain name.

For example, janejones@gmail.com is perfect. It’s simple and easy to remember.

6. Including Irrelevant or Personal Information 

There’s no reason to include your age, marital status, religious affiliation, or hobbies on your resume. It’s irrelevant and lets recruiters know that you’re not aware of the latest resume conventions. Certain information can also set you up to be discriminated against.

7. Including a Headshot 

A headshot can be included in the category of irrelevant information. While including a headshot with a resume may be common practice in other countries, including one when going for a job in the U.S. will seem odd to recruiters and they will likely not call you in for an interview. Save your headshot for your LinkedIn profile.

8. Not Including Soft Skills 

Soft skills include those abilities such as communication, leadership, problem-solving, and more. Making sure those types of skills are added to your resume is essential. In fact, more than 40% of hiring managers and recruiters have said that the resumes they see lack the necessary soft skills required for the job.

They aren’t sure if candidates actually don’t have those skills, or they just don’t know how to accurately list those skills on their resumes. Either way, those candidates rarely make it to the interview table.

9. Keyword Stuffing 

Now that applicant tracking software (ATS) is ubiquitous, it’s important that your resume includes keywords from the job posting in your resume. Using keywords is one way to make sure your resume makes it pass the ATS.

However, you need to make sure that you’re using keywords in a way that sounds natural. If you deliberately shoehorn keywords into sentences where they don’t belong, then it will be painfully obvious to the hiring manager—and a big turn off as well. That’s why you need to use keywords wisely.

Contact Empire Resume for a Winning Resume

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One way to make sure your resume isn’t discarded by a recruiter is to have it written by Empire Resume.

Our certified professional resume writers work with every client to guarantee the absolute highest level of quality. Every resume we write showcases a candidate’s value to recruiters and hiring managers.

Contact us today to get started! And don’t forget to check out our blog page for hundreds of career-related articles with tips to help you land your dream job.

Maria Gold is a Content Manager/Writer for Empire Resume. She is dedicated to helping educate and motivate people with the latest career articles and job search advice. Her interests range from writing to programming and design. She is also passionate about innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology.

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