Reddit hopes to help everyone land their next job interview by having their job-recruiting users give us red flags to avoid on our resumes. After reading this, you’ll be able to fully conclude it is definitely your personality that’s the problem. Find more red flags here.
If you’re applying to an academic position, having a ton of posters and presentations on your CV, but little to no publications can indicate a lack of follow-through.
New to the human resources thing, but after reviewing 100+ resumes in the last week, I can say one thing-just use black font. Not green, not blue, not pink, just black.
You were a barista at Starbucks. You took orders and made coffee. Don’t tell me you were “in charge of creating an uplifting ordering experience”. If you obviously oversell silly things, I’m going to assume you’re overselling the more significant things as well.
‘Fluent in European’. Really.
Amazingly this still happens—if your email address is some silly thing like “cuteblonde332” or whatever, you’re out. Seriously, email addresses are free. Get a grownup one.
Since I mostly hire people to do customer service, they have to be able to explain technical information in non-technical terms. If your resume is full of acronyms or jargon that is specific to your previous employer, I’m going to assume that you aren’t that good of a communicator. One recent college grad actually listed the course numbers of classes she had taken, like I’m going to know what she learned in “Math 203.”
TOO WORDY JUDY
I am in recruitment and the following are red flags for me:
• CV more than 3 pages long
• Personal profile more than 2 paragraphs
• A list of hobbies and interests half a page long
• Spelling errors
• Career history in non-logical order
• Writing down every skill in existence to make the recruiter think you are multi-talented.
BLOODY RED FLAG
I once reviewed a CV that began with the words: “when I first struggled out of my mother’s womb”. This is a good example of what not to write.
Quantify your accomplishments.
Having vague things on your resume like, “Contributed to team to accomplish task on time” means nothing to me.
Something like, “Created process bringing close day from Day 15 to Day 7 and saved $10K in overhead.” Now that speaks a LOT more.
TWO WEEK TINA
I’ve been involved in the hiring process for many members (past and present) of my team. If I see a resume where the applicant is obviously skipping around to a lot of different jobs in a short span of time then that’s a major red flag. It usually takes individuals in my role about a year to become proficient enough to work unassisted. I don’t want to waste my time training someone for a few months only to have them bail on us for another job and have to start all over again.