Telltale Signs of a Terrible Resume

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 11-03-2016 Email

As a CIO, you probably think you've seen it all when it comes to bad resumes. But, as they say, you ain't seen nothing yet, judging by the following examples of all-time resume blunders, as compiled by CareerBuilder. They cover everything from ill-conceived flights of fantasy to faulty proofreading to "true confessions" about one's particular vices. While these represent the absolute extreme examples of "truly awful," they underscore more common problems that organizations encounter in reviewing resumes: The majority of hirers, for example, said they've uncovered outright lies in resumes. And far too few of these docs are created in a way that commands attention, by customizing the content for the specific company/position in question, listing skills first and including a well-written cover letter. As a result, job applicants do themselves a disservice, especially given that a great deal of hirers spend less than a single minute reviewing resumes - and many spend less than 30 seconds! More than 2,100 HR managers took part in the CareerBuilder's research, which was conducted by Harris Poll.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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