Staffing Industry: Recruiters’ Top Resume Pet Peeves

Staffing Industry: Recruiters' Top Resume Pet Peeves

Staffing Industry: Recruiters’ Top Resume Pet Peeves

As a staffing professional, you have read hundreds, even thousands of resumes. You’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly.

It is difficult to cram a lifetime of experience into one 8 ½ by 11 inch paper. It can be hard to get a full picture of a candidate. And, sometimes, candidates kick themselves in the foot by making a few simple mistakes. Here are some of the top resume mistakes, from recruiters, compiled by Mashable.

Nondescript objectives. Simply stating “I want to fill “X” position at “Y” company is a surefire way to not get the job. It is bland, generic, and doesn’t convey why you truly want the position.

Small fonts. Sorting through hundreds of resumes can be exhausting. Add eye strain struggling to read a too- small font, and it immediately turns a reader off.

Not following instructions. Staffing professionals know this one well. Candidates oftentimes don’t follow directions. One ad asked candidates not to send a generic cover letter, but to take a look at the website and explain why they would be a good fit. 70% of respondents replied to the posting with a non-customized resume. Ninety percent didn’t have a cover letter.

Missing the details. One recruiter lamented over unfinished resumes. Candidates didn’t include details such as starting and ending dates for each position they held.

What are some of your resume pet peeves?

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