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It’s hard enough to get a job these days without making a hash of your resume and your references (not to mention your interview wardrobe and behavior), but some candidates just can’t seem to get out of their own way. Research from CareerBuilder led us to these lapses in judgment, which come from actual resumes and applications submitted for legit job openings. It is important for a candidate to stand out from the crowd - 45% of HR managers spend less than one minute reviewing the average person’s materials -- but straining too hard to distinguish yourself will often backfire. "Hiring managers will notice and spend more time with resumes that are easy to read and include relevant experience customized to the position," says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. "Creativity and personal touches may seem tempting to some job seekers. But many times, it's a disqualifying distraction for a human resource professional." More than 2,600 employers took part in the research.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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