10 Signs of a Bad Resume

10 Signs of a Bad Resume

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Thousands of resumes are submitted to recruiters and companies each day, which requires them to be well-structured documents that present pertinent information in the clearest way possible. We see a huge variety on our platform and generally believe the information within is the most important aspect.

If your resume is poorly formatted though it may confuse a recruiter and lose your chance at a dream role. Since time is often limited, only good resumes should be considered for interviews. The following list outlines the aspects of a bad resume.

1. Too Much Personal Information
Resumes that present relevant, job-related data but have a more personal focus, such as high school or college achievements or the weight and height of the applicant, are bad. Such unneeded details indicate a person who does not know how to present themselves in the best light.

2. Grammar and Spelling Errors
An applicant who does not care enough to proofread a resume will probably overlook important details of the job as well. A single typo is not a disqualification, but any further errors should be a cause to move on.

3. Poor Formatting
A good resume is dark text on a white background. It will not contain a variety of fonts presented in different colors that make information difficult to read. It will also not include charts, graphs or unnecessary photos.

4. Unstable Work History
After looking at the applicant’s education and background, the next point of interest is work history. Any gaps that are not clearly explained and accounted for make for a poor resume and may indicate a person who is not a good fit for the job.

5. Bad Presentation
If a recruiter is forced to wade through an information-crammed document in search of the important points, that is a bad resume. It should always be easy to read, and the data should be relevant to the available position.

6. No Focus
On the other end of the spectrum from bad presentation is the generic resume that has no specific focus. When there is no particular emphasis on an industry or a profession, the resume is not useful to anyone.

7. No Indication of Strengths or Talent
This type of resume will read like an impressive laundry list of achievements but will not indicate how well the applicant handled their responsibilities or dealt with challenging situations. These points are important to potential employers.

8. Not Logically Ordered
An applicant who graduated from college several years ago should not begin a resume with their education. Work experience that is related to the open position should be at the top. Leading with education could indicate a lack of enthusiasm or confidence to land the position.

9. Weak References
Many young people start their adult lives by working in the family business, but if their references are all blood relations, it makes for a bad resume. References should ideally be a mix of mentors, teachers and former employers who can each vouch for different aspects of the applicant’s work ethic.

10. Too Long
With limited exceptions, a resume should not exceed two pages. A very long resume will not keep the attention of the person reading it, which defeats the whole purpose.

Following the tips above will help recruiters to quickly get through resumes and hire the right candidates for available jobs.

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Andrew was the Marketing Lead at Jobr. He's pretty gosh-darn lit!

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