How long do you spend looking at a resume before you decide what to do with it? For 40 percent of hiring managers, the time spent on each resume is less than one minute. Job-seekers have a preponderance of resources telling them the best way to get your attention in that minute and ensure they have a chance to make it to the next round. In June, there were 3.8 million job openings, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. So, how does a job-seeker make his or her resume stand out from the crowd?
According to Careerbuilder’s recent study of nearly 2,300 hiring managers nationwide, many job-seekers manage to stand out for the right – and wrong –reasons. Some of the most memorable:
– The candidate’s resume included phishing as a hobby.
– A candidate put “deetail-oriented” on his resume and misspelled the company’s name.
– When applying for a job in Antarctica, a candidate proudly claimed to be fluent speaking “Antarctican.”
– The candidate’s resume was set up to be sung to the tune of “The Brady Bunch.”
– The candidate indicated “To make dough” as the objective on his resume.
Hiring managers are human too, and we all have pet peeves when it comes to reading resumes. In Careerbuilder’s study, employers said these mistakes would cause them to immediately dismiss the candidate:
– Resumes with typos – 61 percent
– Resumes that copied large amounts of wording from the job posting – 41 percent
– Resumes with an inappropriate email address – 35 percent
– Resumes that don’t include a list of skills – 30 percent
– Resumes that are more than two pages long – 22 percent
– Resumes printed on decorative paper – 20 percent
– Resumes that detail more tasks than results for previous positions – 16 percent
– Resumes that include a photo – 13 percent
– Resumes that have large blocks of text with little white space – 13 percent
What’s your resume pet peeve?