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7 Reasons Your Resume Sucks

Posted by Glassdoor Team

Career Advice Experts

August 21, 2016

Your resume, your life’s story on one page, so what are employers looking for and what can’t they stand? Glassdoor spoke with an HR executive (who wished to remain anonymous) to hear first-hand how your resume, well, for lack of a better word, sucks.

Here are 7 details you may be guilty of including on your resume that need to be cut, ASAP!

1. High school diploma

Sure, graduating high school is a huge accomplishment—no seriously, many people don't do that. However, if you went on to a 4-year college or university, there is no need to put that you were captain of the football team when you were a teenager. Show off more recent accomplishments and use Facebook for the more detailed trip down memory lane.


2. Jobs irrelevant to the role you're applying for

Friends will be impressed if you worked at an ice cream store in college to make sure you could afford a post-college loft apartment instead of couch surfing at mom's house. However, if you are applying for a corporate job, there is no need to include this gig on your resume. Our insider insisted there is no need to include a position on your resume if it isn't in line with the job you are applying for.

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3. "References upon request"

Having "references upon request" at the bottom of your resume is a sign that a candidate is overeager. If a recruiter wants to call to know more about you, they will reach out directly. There is no need to point out the obvious. As our HR expert said, "everyone assumes we want references, but honestly, we can ask."

4. Your resume is unreadable

Don't you hate when your friend sends you a novel of a text message instead of just calling? Don't make your resume that novel-long text message. Make sure the points you are trying to convey are clear, concise, and honest.

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5. You can "talk the talk, but can't walk the walk"

You went to Yale, graduated with honors, and worked at a Fortune 500 company for a good three years. However, your resume doesn't tell your prospective employer what you can do and the results you can deliver.  Make sure that impact and results are also reflected in a resume; hiring managers want to see evidence of impact in the workforce.

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6. Grammar and spelling mistakes

The biggest "red flag" on a resume are "misspelled words, wrong punctuation, and poor spacing." You have "attention to detail" in your qualifications but have mixed up "there" and "their" on your resume?! "Get it right."

7. Your objective

An objective statement tells an employer what you want from the specific role that you are applying to. It should not be your elevator pitch or include what you think you're good at. Keep it simple—a few brief sentences that reflect the expectations of the employer and/or hiring manager of the specific job. Ultimately, an objective statement is not about you, but about why you are the best for the job.


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