A conversation in a Facebook group for recruiters pointed out a number of resume red flags that make recruiters not screen someone’s resume.

Read Full Transcript

Now, there was a question that was asked in a Facebook group that I thought was terrific. Hit was basically about red flags that recruiters see in resumes that will cause you not to call the person for an interview.
Now, one thing that wasn't said that's painfully obvious is if the resume doesn't in any way, shape, or form, demonstrate a fit. For some reason, that was so obvious it was ignored. Here's a lot of others that people tell you.
If the person doesn't have value. You can't tell looking at the resume, how they can help a firm make money or save money. This person won't take the time to look at.
If the resume has too much experience there. That is, they've been in one role as an individual contributor for much too long, that unless there are obvious factors like location or demographics or job market issues that's limited, then they won't look at the resume.
Spelling mistakes. Font mismatches. Repetitive job switching. Paragraph upon paragraph of descriptions versus bullets. Now, I like when resumes have both descriptions and bullets. This person doesn't want all descriptions. Misspellings. That one shows up a lot. Having an objective statement listing the wrong position or company. Keyword bomb resumes. Resumes that list that every single project someone has done, resulting in a 15-page resume functional resumes.
Now, on the 15-page resume front, and obviously they're trying to use 15 pages as an illustration of much too long, if you have a PhD, if you're published, that's an exception as someone points out later.
Lack of dates or huge gaps in the background. Spelling errors. Irrelevant info not related to the job in question, especially in technical or engineering roles.
Not using the spell checker. Not using capital letters for first letters of their name. Pictures was this person's complaint.
Resume templates. A lot of people don't like templates.
One or two more here. No contact information. How do you send out a resume without contact information?
Those are the major ones that get cited here with the big ones being dates being missing and thus functional resumes don't work.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1500 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. JobSearchTV.com was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Schedule a free Discovery call.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions. 


Connect with me on LinkedInLike me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

Watch my videos on YouTube at JobSearchTV.com or BingeNetworks.tv for FireTV, AppleTV, Roku and 90 other devices

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Join Career Angles on Facebook and receive support, ideas and advice in your current career and job.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.” 

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

About the author

%d bloggers like this: