This might seem like an unimportant thing
during an interview, but this is the only reason why you may actually
get that interview so you must be prepared with a well written resume.
You should construct your resume to highlight your qualifications, work
experience and any education that you have had that best represents the
type of work you’re applying for.
You should also include any other work experience that you have had, as
well as any accomplishments that you have made in your field.
You might also want to dress up your resume to let it stand out a bit. A
nice border can be an elegant way to make your resume stand out a little
without being a distraction to the information within it.
Of course there are also quite a few things that recruiters hate to see on
resumes. For example, many people don’t think that recruiters really go all
the way through a resume, but often they actually really do.
Recruiters do have certain pet peeves when it comes to reading a resume. I
have included a list of some of the pet peeves that you should try to avoid
when putting your resume together.
These are the things that recruiters hate to see in a resume:
• Hiding or not putting in vital information on a resume is like death. A
recruiter really needs to see all of your important information without
having to search for it.
• Major gaps in your employment history leave a recruiter wondering about
your work ethics. Be prepared to answer questions if you do have such gaps
• Summaries which are hard to follow and understand can be annoying to
recruiters. Try to keep your summary easy and brief.
• Try to use easy and simple fonts. Fancy fonts and colours aren’t eye
catching in the manner that you likely wanted it to be. Yours will become a
how-to about making resume errors.
• Don’t write your resume as a narrative or in the first or third person.
It’s really irritating for a recruiter, and comes off as arrogant and/or
• Pictures and/or graphics on a resume can be distracting to a recruiter.
Things like that will likely get your resume tossed out without a further
• Adding objectives and introductions needlessly on your resume bores
recruiters. They know what your objective is, and your resume isn’t meant
to be a novel.
• Lying or adding misleading information on your resume is a major no-no. There are always ways for a recruiter to check up on you and many do, so do not lie. Getting caught in a lie on a resume just says that you cannot be trusted.
• Adding unnecessary information on a resume like your hobbies for example is completely useless. You should save that section to describe any accomplishments that you may have made in your field.
• Sending a resume that does not match the type of job that you are applying for is extremely irritating to a recruiter. You’re wasting their time.
• Using overly long paragraphs in a resume will get yours tossed away. It’s harder for the recruiter to read and makes the task take too long.
• Resumes that are over two pages probably won’t be fully read by a recruiter. That is just the way it is.
• Dating the information in your work history in the wrong order can make your resume harder to follow. Work history must be listed with most current jobs at the top.
• Resumes that contain too much detail when talking about your previous duties are a waste of your time. Duties are generally quickly sifted through. They’re rarely given very much attention, just enough to give the recruiter an idea of what you’ve done in the past.
• Spelling and grammatical errors tends to prove that you aren’t very keen on details.