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

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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.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
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