You want to sound professional, educated, and confident. When searching for jobs, who wouldn’t? However, you might come across as the opposite. Hiring managers have seen everything from meaningless buzzwords to copy and paste syndrome. When you want to put your best foot forward, there’s no room for making rookie mistakes. IT Resources has a wealth of knowledge surrounding the do’s and don’ts of resumes. After 15 years of experience in the recruiting industry, here is a list of ways to make hiring managers hate your resume:

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  1. Copy-Paste Syndrome

The first on our list may easily be the worst. Nothing aggrevates hiring managers more than viewing a resume that clearly fits multiple jobs. Copy and pasting the same summary statement, skills, and responsibilities for every job effectively proves you harbor one quality: laziness. We don’t have to explain to you why hiring managers don’t want to hire lazy candidates. Instead, they want to see a resume unique to the job you apply to. We understand that sometimes it can take hundreds of applications to obtain an interview. Editing resume after resume feels tediously exhausting. However, you waste your time anyway if a hiring manager notices the resume submitted was also submitted for 20 other positions and thus scraps your application.

  1. Lies and Exaggerations

Yes, hiring managers read your resume. And many times you’ll take some sort of assessment to test your claimed skills. Nothing makes hiring managers cringe more than seeing a resume boasting about a certain skill with an accompanied, failed skilled assessment. If a hiring manager doesn’t catch the lie in the initial interviews, then they can catch the lie later on, even after the hiring process. Hired candidates can easily be fired after managers recognize false claims on resumes. Some recently-hired candidates lasted two or three days at a company after immediately showcasing lack of skills. So if you feel tempted to lie or exaggerate, don’t waste your time.

  1. Meaningless Buzzwords

Words that amount to nothing will get you nowhere except back to the job hunt. Buzzwords are words on a resume that serve no real purpose or are counteractive; they attempt to describe but offer no concrete description:

  • Unique
  • Skilled
  • Experienced
  • Expert
  • Motivated
  • Strategic

If someone states they’re experienced on a resume, what does that mean? When you state your past positions, doesn’t that already showcase your experience? Spot buzzwords by asking yourself these questions.

  1. Resume-Novels

Attempt to keep the legnth of your resume to one page. If you worked in your industry for over a decade, hiring managers don’t mind two pages as long as the information serves its purpose and has consistent formatting. If in the industry for less than that, muti-paged documents serve as one way to make hiring managers hate your resume. Submissions this long typically have irrelevant experience, too much information, or formatting issues. Much of the time, by formatting the resume’s information differently, candidates can fit all information on one page in one concise design. Although you may focus on the content of the resume rather than its design, its appearance can catch the eyes of hiring managers fast. Some resume templates:

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  1. Microsoft Suite Skills

Also, Microsoft skills branches off of buzzwords. Skills in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel are the buzzwords of all skills. On almost every unedited and generalized application we received contains Microsoft. By now, hiring managers assume you know how to use these platforms. Furthermore, your definition of proficient differs from a hiring manager’s. Writing a three page essay in Word and sorting a column from least to greatest does not constitute as proficicncy. Under two circumstances do you list Microsoft on your resume, both of which can be easily intertwined:

  1. You can run complex data modeling, pivot tables, etc., in Excel
  2. The job post places an incredibly heavy emphasis on Microsoft Suite

  1. Your GPA

As a good rule of thumb, do not include your GPA in your resume unless the job post requires it. This rule applies even more as time goes on. Employers could care less if you received a 3.4 GPA 12 years ago. Even if you worked tirelessly throughout college while working two jobs as a full-time student, hiring managers would rather see content relevant to the job. For example, it’s relevant to include a score for a skills assessment than your college GPA. Under few circumstances do you inlcude it. Most of the below must apply:

  • If you received cum laude or above in a degree relevant to the job
  • If you graduated two or three years ago
  • If the job post required it included

  1. Your High School

Never include your high school unless you just graduated and have minimal experience. Employers in the workforce look at bachelors degrees or higher level certifications, not high school diplomas. They do this on the assumption that you already received your GED and thus received additional skills and education afterwards. When hiring managers see a high school section in a resume, one of two things come to mind: the candidate recently graduated high school or they don’t have enough experience. Regardless, hiring managers ultimately view a high school education section as filler information. If you find your resume a bit empty but can’t add your high school, add past internships or volunteering experiences.

  1. General Names

Lastly, branching off of copy-paste syndrome, don’t write incorrect or generalized names. To start, employers never want to see, “Dear Hiring Manager…” Using that phrasing serves as a fantastic way to make hiring managers hate your resume by proving you submitted the same one elsewhere. When applying, you can look up the person who posted the job. If you can’t find a person, use the company’s name instead. Likewise, if you choose this strategy, be sure you use the correct name. Hiring Manager Melissa Gomez at Global Tech, Inc. won’t feel very positive about a candidate who submits an application reading, “Dear Arthur Smith of ITR Services…” Proofread your application to be sure all names match the relevant job post.

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Don’t Make Hiring Managers Hate You

Start the application process right by not giving hiring managers a reason to hate your resume. By following these tips, your job search will be off on the right foot. However, if you still have difficulty, IT Resources can help you polish up your resume and interviewing skills and direct you toward a job suited to your interest. We work hard to place professionals with top companies nationwide. Our career counselors give you personal attention throughout your job search; you’re never just a number to us. Contact us to get started today.