7 Resume Blunders Recruiters Will Not Forgive

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

Nov 23

Whether you’re changing jobs or trying to catch your first interview, the one thing employers and recruiters want to see is a proper resume. You should think of your resume as a representative talking to the employer on your behalf, because that’s exactly what it does. In order to get the position, your resume needs to speak highly of you. In order to achieve this goal, you’ll want to avoid these seven common resume blunders.

One Version for All Submissions

This is a very common error made by applicants. They use the same resume word for word to apply to different companies. Prospective employers will catch onto this practice fairly easy, for they know what to look for when scanning your resume. Take the time to craft an original submission for each position and company for which you apply. It will improve your chances and it shows professionalism.

Improper Business Language

When applying to a company keep in mind it is a business entity. It is not like communicating with your best friend where you can use slang and street language. Don’t use words and phrases that can ruin your resume, as well as a silly email address like zombiekiller05. It will not go well for you if the employer thinks you cannot communicate on an educated level. A professional tone is expected, so keep your resume as attuned to that tone as possible.

Formatting and Editing Errors

Employers are busy people, and as such they don’t have the time to scrounge through a messy resume to see if you have any hiring merits. Crafting a sloppy resume with no whitespace is a terrible waste of your time. It will simply be tossed into the trash. Keep all your information organized and formatted for ease of reading. Avoid getting clever with strange fonts and colors.

The Never-Ending Resume

Your resume doesn’t have to fill reams of paper to be effective. On the contrary, it should be as focused as possible with information relevant to the company and position you’re wanting to secure. Good business results always count, but focus on meeting the job description.

Vague Skill Representation

The prospective employer cannot read your mind. The skills you bring to the table from your current employment are of particular interest to the interviewer. If you have skills in a specific software program like Office, it’s best to highlight the skills where you are strongest. Also, don’t forget to add any certifications or completion awards you might have in other areas.

False Claims of Skills and Experience

Sadly, this is done by those who think it will never catch up to them. You can be assured lying on your application can cause you embarrassment, but it can also get you cut out of the loop. Always be truthful in your representation and speak of all the accomplishments and contributions you made to your current employer.

Employment Gaps

When an employer looks at your work history, they take note of the dates you list as being employed. They do this to look for long periods of unemployment or sporadic work history. Even if the last job you had didn’t go the way you would have liked, it is far better to be upfront about it rather than have a gap year in your work history. If you are genuine, employers can be very understanding about your history thus far.

Landing your dream job is possible if you take the time to create a great resume. The first step in creating your winning resume is to be accurate in your portrayal, remain professional, and highlight the areas that show you are the best possible candidate for the job.


Author’s Bio: Sophia Anderson is an associate educator, writing tutor and blog writer at Essaysontime. She helps students with their writing struggles.When having spare time, she enjoys blogging on different topics that cover a wide range of her interests. Get in touch with her on LinkedIn.

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Scot Herrick is the author of “I’ve Landed My Dream Job–Now What???” and owner of Cube Rules, LLC. Scot has a long history of management and individual contribution in multiple Fortune 100 corporations.