You put WHAT on your resume?
Annual CareerBuilder survey shares the most memorable resume fails they’ve seen.
Completing a job application nowadays can be as easy as clicking a simple "quick apply" button on a job board, like CareerBuilder.com, and shooting off your pre-prepared resume to a recruiter's inbox. It's fast and simple, but can lead to a whole lot of trouble if you don't double-check your work.
A majority of HR and hiring managers spend less than a minute on each resume that is reviewed – 43 percent say under a minute and 24 percent say less than 30 seconds. You need to make a quick, lasting impression, but for the right reasons.
Here are five things HR managers say would make them more likely to pay attention to your application in a positive way:
-Resume has been customized to their open position: 63 percent
-Skill sets are listed first on the resume: 41 percent
-A cover letter is included with the resume: 40 percent
-Application that is addressed to the specific hiring manager: 22 percent
-Resume that includes a link to a candidate's blog, portfolio or website: 16 percent
Stand out, but don't go nuts…
More than 3 in 4 HR managers (77 percent) report finding a lie or embellishment on a resume. Remember: Just because it is fast and easy to send off an application doesn't mean a recruiter isn't going to carefully scrutinize your work.
HR and hiring managers also shared cringe-worthy real-life examples of gaffes found on a resume. Basically, if you have any of this on your resume, re-think your strategy:
- An applicant's name was auto-corrected from "Flin" to "Flintstone." His name was Freddie.
- An applicant stated they had great attention to detail, but "attention" was misspelled.
- An applicant claimed they worked at a federal prison. A background check determined he was actually incarcerated at the prison during that time.
- An applicant stated they had been a prince in another life.
- An applicant listed a skill as "taking long walks."
- An applicant used direct quotes from Star Wars in their resume.
- An applicant claimed he would work harder if paid more.
- An applicant wrote the following at the end of their resume: "I didn't really fill this out, someone did it for me."
- An applicant used a resume template with cats in the corners.
- An applicant listed smoking under hobbies.