They don’t understand human nature as it applies to eyeballs. If you hand someone a resume with errors in it, those errors are the first things they’re going to see!
At the first-cut stage, recruiters and HR people are looking for ways to make a pile of resumes smaller.
They can’t interview 60 or 100 people, so they have to narrow the field. They have to send a bunch of people “no thanks” letters. You don’t want to get one of those letters!
Here are ten good reasons to say “no thanks” to a job-seeker at the resume-screening stage.
Ten Good Reasons Not To Interview Someone
1. Typos, misspellings and/or usage errors in the resume.
2. Little to no intersection between the job you’re trying to fill and the jobs the applicant has already performed.
3. Lists of “tasks and duties” with no sense of what the resume’s owner has actually accomplished.
4. Missing or inappropriate contact details.
5. A resume that was clearly written for a different opportunity.
6. Endless detail on a resume that’s way too long.
7. Long, unexplained gaps in the resume’s chronology or many short-term jobs in a row.
8. The resume is incomprehensible, as it’s written in Corporate Zombie Speak language.
9. Dates that don’t make sense or other logical problems in the resume.
10. Generally bad writing, words missing, etc.
Let’s walk through these resume problems one by one and see how to correct them!
Anyone can make one small written English error, but a resume full of them is a huge red flag. If you’re not a natural writer and/or editor, that’s okay. Enlist a friend to help you compose your resume.
A great way to edit your writing is to read it carefully, word by word, starting from the end of the document and working toward the front. You’ll catch errors that way that would slip right by you if you read it from start to finish, in the usual way.
I recommend that you send a Pain Letter that will make the connection between your background and the employer’s problem (Business Pain) crystal clear. When you send a Pain Letter, you’ll staple the Pain Letter to the front of your Human-Voiced Resume.
Both your Pain Letter (which was written specifically for this hiring manager, a person whose name you know, at this moment in time) and your Human-Voiced Resume will speak specifically to your manager’s most likely problem.
What if your past jobs don’t line up perfectly with the job title your hiring manager may have in mind, or the title in a published job ad? You can still get the job!