I recently shared information from American Fidelity’s recruiters on what not to put on your resume. We decided to follow up and discuss other factors that quickly disqualify candidates during the job search. Here’s what we came up with:
- Having a hard-to-read resume. Recruiters often spend only 5-7 seconds reviewing a resume! You must make it easy to scan and catch the key points. Use brief bullet points instead of paragraphs.
- The resume doesn’t match the position. This one gets discussed a lot, yet people still often don’t take the time to tailor their resumes. You need to show your experience as it relates to the specific position that you're applying for.
- Exaggerating or lying. This should be obvious, but candidates sometimes exaggerate or lie about their experience. It’s easy to catch these days with a little online research or a background check, so don’t do it.
- Typos. I don’t care if you used to teach grammar or wrote a Pulitzer-prize winning novel – you still need to have someone else proofread your resume and cover letter! Even better, have several people review it, use a resume writing service or work with an employment agency for assistance.
- Over-sharing personal info. Put personal hobbies or organizations on your resume only if they directly relate to the position. In the interview, you might mention personal activities if asked but keep the information brief and appropriate.
- Being overqualified. You may be willing to take a step down in title, but if you’re applying for a lower position, scale back your resume. If you’re going from a management position to a non-management one, simply mention your management skills and put focus on the non-management duties you performed.
- Making a bad first impression. One-third of managers say it only takes them 90 seconds to decide if they’ll hire someone. The majority say eye contact, clothes and mannerisms influence their decisions and can make the difference between two similarly qualified candidates.
Check out the open positions at American Fidelity and apply – once you’ve tailored your resume and had it proofread, of course. What other factors do you think disqualify people from jobs? Share your thoughts in the comments!