7 Top Fatal Resume Mistakes

by | Sep 13, 2016

I regularly review resumes when recruiting to jobs and I am constantly surprised with what people put in their resumes.

Resumes with the below issues generally go on the do not interview pile:

1. Photos

Unless the application specifically requests a photo do not put a photo on your resume. I repeat delete any photos from your resume. People generally put inappropriate photos on resumes. Examples I have come across are seductive photos (what are you applying for), photos with their dogs and photos that have been cropped but you can still see the arm of the cropped person around the applicants shoulders.

You are opening yourself up to be discriminated against by your photo.

2. Funny email addresses

Reserve funny emails for your friends and have a sensible email address for your job applications. Your sensible email should consist of your name. Same examples of email addresses I have seen include mcbooby@, spiritualguide@, freakyfred@, fightermary@

Be professional from beginning to end.

3. Resumes with no contact details

How is a recruiter meant to contact you. No email, address or phone number – no interview!! This shows a lack of attention to detail.

4. No dates next to your roles

If I can not see how long you were in a job for I assume it was not for very long and you are trying to hide that you move around a lot. Put dates on your resume and if you have had a lot of jobs in a number of years put in the reason. Left due to promotion, was made redundant, resigned to have children. Paint the true and correct picture don’t let the recruiter create their own picture.

5. Crazy fonts and colours

These distract from the credible part of your resume – your skills and experience. If the font and colour are too distracting I won’t continue reading your resume. Use a standard font such as Arial or Calibri and ensure it is readable size 11 or 12. Don’t fall into the trap of trying to make your resume stand out by using multiple colours or unreadable fonts.

6. Personal details

It is illegal for employers to ask if you are married or have children. They don’t need to know this. Often people give this away in their interest area by saying enjoy spending time with family etc. Unless your interest relates to the job or will be seen as a benefit don’t include this. If you are applying for an accounting role with a mining company they don’t need to know you enjoy paddle boarding with your friends.

7. Attention to Detail

Spelling errors or misspelling of computer programs when you say you have experience is a no no. Make sure you get a friend to review your resume so they can find any errors you have missed. This may seem picky but if the job requires attention to detail or data entry for example, why would you give the job to someone who is already showing they can not produce accurate work.

A resume is generally your first point of contact with the company – make sure you make a good impression.