HR Execs Reveal The 13 Most Common Resume Blunders

  1. Spelling, punctuation and grammatical mistakes tell employers that you don't pay attention to details.
  2. Simply running a spell checker over your resume isn't enough. You could end up with a sentence like this: "Please find the attached resume that highlights all my kills. In an International Survey. 76 percent of executives said that one or two typos in a resume are enough to nix an applicant's chances. Reading your resume out loud line by line makes it easier to catch mistakes.”It only takes a few minutes but it could make a huge difference.
  1. Unless it's specifically requested, including your photo is distracting and unnecessary.
  2. When I see a photo on a resume I usually remove it.”Race, ethnicity, and age should not be taken into account and including a photo can make that harder for someone reviewing your application.
  1. Submitting a resume on colored paper is often a red flag to employers not to hire you.
  2. Although most applications are now sent online, following up with a printed resume on colored paper is rarely a good idea. Colored paper can make it difficult to read the text and are simply irritating. Stick with white or maybe even cream to be safe.
  1. Throwing in too much information will confuse and irritate your reader.
  2. Including all your job experiences and additional details with hopes that something will stick is not an effective strategy. "Not tailoring your resume to fit the position you're applying for tells the employer you're lazy and it makes it harder for them to figure out where to place you. Submitting a two-page resume is not necessarily a deal breaker, however, if you're senior-level executive.
  1. Automatically including references with your resume won't impress anyone.
  2. You may think you're taking the initiative by including a list of references without being asked for it, but that's not how some recruiters see it. Some people may be okay with it, but automatically providing references means you risk providing contacts who may not be the right fit or are not prepared to tailor their responses to your interview.
  1. Typing "References available upon request" won't work either.
  2. Several executives agreed that informing your reader that you have references is redundant and silly. Of course you have references. And what are you going to say if someone asks for them, 'no'?
  1. Using buzzwords like results-oriented, team player and motivated could kill your chances.
  2. Adjectives like innovative, motivated and dynamic have been used so often that they've lost their impact. Steer clear of these words whenever possible and focus on quantifying your contributions instead, said several executives.
    Top 10 overused buzzwords in LinkedIn Profiles in the USA – 2010
    1. Extensive experience
    2. Innovative
    3. Motivated
    4. Results-oriented
    5. Dynamic
    6. Proven track record
    7. Team player
    8. Fast-paced
    9. Problem solver
    10. Entrepreneurial
    11. Given the broad reach of LinkedIn across the world we went a step further and took a look at how overused terms are reflected around the world.  While members from the USA, Canada and Australia tend to emphasize their “extensive experience”, Brazilians, Indians and Spaniards

      identify themselves as “dynamic” professionals. Members in the UK call themselves more “motivated” and the French, the Germans, the Italians and the Dutch see themselves as “innovative”.
    The most overused buzzword in LinkedIn Profiles in 11 countries – 2010
    Extensive Experience – USA, Canada, Australia
    Dynamic – Brazil, India, Spain
    Motivated – UK
    Innovative – France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands
  1. Irrelevant hobbies could make you appear strange rather than well-rounded.
  2. Unless it is a hobby or activity that complements the position, there's really no reason to include what you do on your spare time.”Charities that you support or a membership in a professional association are a better fit. Other executives said they mainly focus on the applicant's work history or skills, so think twice before listing your interests.
  1. Paragraphs that are packed with long sentences are a pain to read.
  2. Breaking up your sentences with bullet points makes it easier for readers to scan your resume. But keep it short. "Stick to 3 to 5 bullets per job and try not to exceed 5 sentences per bullet.
  1. Using an unprofessional email address is childish.
  2. Using a humorous email address full of nouns and adjectives might be fine for your personal correspondence, but not for a job application. For a professional email address, just use your name.
  1. You'll kick yourself if you forget your contact information.
  2. Don't forget to include a phone number and current address. "You'd be surprised, but sometimes even something as simple as a phone number gets overlooked.
  1. Nothing sends a resume to the shredder faster than addressing it to the wrong company.
  2. Whether you're sending it via email or snail mail, make sure you address your resume to the right company. It all comes down to how much care you take when replying to a job ad.”Mistakes happen but it's easier for an employer to just set your resume aside.
  1. Mistaking responsibilities for accomplishments will greatly reduce the impact of your resume.
  2. Simply listing your responsibilities without illustrating how you have made a difference at a company won't cut it. I'm particularly surprised by senior executives who just list their positions and responsibilities without quantifying their accomplishments.”If you want attention, explain how you brought value to a company. Don't just tell me that you did your job.