How Not to Write a Résumé—If You Want the Job

By Dennis McCafferty
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    58% of hiring managers will dismiss a candidate if his or her résumé has typos.

A résumé represents the very first impression you'll make on a potential employer. So why do so many job applicants get this part of the process wrong? We asked this—as we're sure you will too—after reading the following six awful and sometimes weird résumés, as compiled by CareerBuilder. We understand that job seekers may want to stand out in a very large crowd of competing candidates, but "memorable" doesn't necessarily translate to "hirable"—and some of these tactics can backfire in a big way. "Your résumé is the primary deciding factor for whether you will land a job interview," says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. "It's important to project a professional image. Keep it succinct and personalize it to feature only skills and experience relevant to the position you're applying for. Always include specific, quantifiable results that showcase the value you can bring to an organization." As for other tips? Be mindful of the length of your résumé: Generally, it should be one page for less-experienced workers and two to three pages for seasoned ones. The main focus should be on what you've done in the last 10 years, CareerBuilder recommends. And send the résumé digitally, as many employers don't even open hard copies anymore. More than 2,075 hiring managers and HR professionals and nearly 3,000 workers took part in the research.

This article was originally published on 2013-09-30
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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