What Makes Your Blood Boil on a Resume?

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At JSG we see a lot of resumes come through. Recruiters want to make sure that the candidates they submit for a position have the correct background and experience to excel in the position. Thus, the resume plays a huge role in the process. It’s basically your first interview!

More often than not, we see mistakes that are worse than others, and they really make our blood boil. I asked a few recruiters which resume mistakes really make their blood boil. Make sure your resume doesn’t have any of these mistakes if you want the best chance to succeed! (You’re Welcome)

Misspellings

Grammar and spelling are so important when it comes to the resume. If you have typos on your resume and you submit it, you’re going to look inattentive. I mean after all it’s not a timed assignment – it’s your life on a paper.

Lucky for you there are multiple ways to fix this. One is to carefully read over your resume yourself. Say everything out loud to make sure it sounds good. If you’re comfortable with it, then a hiring manager will be too. You can also have a friend read it over. Have them read it out loud. It may be awkward, but it’s necessary to ensure your resume doesn’t look lazy.

Pro-tip: Use the right-click thesaurus function on your computer to avoid repeating the same word twenty times!

Formatting

This one is a little harder to put an official “right way” to execute. However, it is still important, and it still boils the blood of recruiters. Why are some things bolded and some italicized? Consistent formatting is key when it comes to a great resume.

Formatting issues are easy to avoid, and the best part is you can put your own touch on it! Just be sure you bold the same things throughout the entire document, like section titles. Make it look easy-to-read and not cluttered so the hiring manager doesn’t take time deciphering everything.

Pro-tip: Make it aligned to one side or the other (left looks best), centered resumes look out of place according to our recruiters.

Specifics

This one is huge, mostly because it was brought up so frequently by the recruiters. How long did you actually work at that job? Are you exaggerating your responsibilities? Be as specific and accurate as you can – it’ll help you land the perfect job.

Our recruiters say there’s a pretty easy way to fix this problem – just be honest! If you worked at a company for 3 years and 5 months, make that known. The more information about previous employment the better.

Pro-tip: Include months on your employment history and make sure you’re not stretching the truth when you’re talking to recruiters!