Don't Make These Mistakes on Your Job Application
As a technology professional, you may not consider writing one of your core strengths. However, you still need to communicate effectively on both paper documents and emails, especially when you're applying for a job. That said, hiring managers are seeing far too many mistakes made in résumés and job applications, according to a recent survey from Accountemps. The margin for error here is small: Findings show that 46 percent of senior managers say it takes only two mistakes in a résumé—such as misspellings or typos—to eliminate a candidate for job consideration. That's up from 36 percent in 2009. They're cutting more slack, however, when it comes to a single mistake, with only 17 percent of these managers saying one error is a deal killer—down from 40 percent in 2009. "The quick and casual nature of communication today shouldn't extend to the job application process," advises Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of Job Hunting For Dummies (John Wiley & Sons, available now). "Attention to detail is required for most jobs, and a résumé should showcase this skill, not detract from it." To add both a warning and a bit of levity to this topic, Accountemps provided the following list of real-life blunders on résumés and job applications. More than 300 U.S. senior managers took part in the research.