These are all basic rules, but they all seem to get broken constantly. All of these should be obvious to anyone who’s conscious (maybe even the lightly sleeping), but they must not be. On to the rules!

  1. Proofread your resume. This is the most basic rule I can imagine, and yet it has been violated so many times that it’s threatening to press charges. I’ve gotten applications for the Administratvie Assistant position from people living in Memhpis. Spellcheck, and fix your grammar. I’m not interested in your “too years of experience”. And proofread your cover letter and/or email, too. Misspelling the name of our company is not helping your cause.
  2. Remember to attach your resume. This one really hurts. Don’t send a wonderful email and forget to attach your resume. I know, I know, people make mistakes. People who make mistakes during the application process don’t get hired. Remember, this is your first (and probably only, if you don’t attach your resume) chance to impress a prospective employer.
  3. Don’t dump your resume into an email. I don’t know what fool has been giving out resume advice lately (aside from myself), but apparently, lots of people apparently think I’d prefer a resume dumped in an email to a nicely formatted PDF or DOC file. Trust me, I don’t. Unless your prospective employer specifically asks for this, don’t do it. Your resume looks horrible and sloppy when you do this. I did have one industrious applicant who actually submitted her application as an email, but took great care to format it with lots of HTML and tables. Unfortunately, when I printed it, the right side of her resume was cut off. It ended up in the “no interest” pile, along with the rest of the email-as-resume group.
  4. Microsoft Works is not your friend. I know, you’ve got Works already and Microsoft Office is expensive. I don’t care. Someone you know has a copy of Microsoft Word. Put your resume together on their computer. Why? Because I use Linux at work and OpenOffice has no idea what to do with a Works file. Even my laptop with Microsoft Office couldn’t open those files without installing a new plugin. Rich Text Format files are likewise not your friend, but a PDF will get you bonus points. (OpenOffice files would have been fine for us, too, but probably not for most employers.)
  5. Follow standard resume guidelines. Your resume doesn’t make you look different or clever, and it’s not supposed to. Your resume should make you look professional. That is your primary goal. Your “special” colors are not helping. That cute divider you used is not impressing me. Your resume cannot, and should not attempt to, convey your personality. You can show us your personality when you come in for an interview, after we select you based on your professional resume.
  6. Don’t use an embarassing account on a lame email provider. I know hotmail and yahoo are free, but your cutegurl56xx username just isn’t cool. I’m also not interested in trying out the new game advertised on the bottom of your hotmail account. If you must use a free provider, make sure that they aren’t tacking ads on the bottom of your emails. And please, get a better username.
  7. Don’t have a resume objective. This goes contrary to a great deal of resume advice out there, but it needs to be said. Raise your hand if you know what the “objective” on a resume is for. If your hand is up, put it down. You’re lying. About eighty percent of the resumes we received for this latest position listed an objective. Out of those, zero percent had an objective that said anything good. Every single one was either generic (“To obtain a job in which my skills will be useful”), irrelevant (“To join a fast-growing company”), or flat out wrong (“To obtain a graphic design position”). At best, an objective wastes space on your resume. At worst, it shows you as boring, lazy, or misinformed. I’d rather read that you were in 4-H than read your objective.
  8. Don’t put friends as references. This one was kind of fun. We actually had some applicants naming each other as references. Did they think we just wouldn’t notice? You should never list as a reference a person who would list you as a reference. You should list bosses, professors, etc. If you can’t fill your references without listing friends, you need to figure out why that is, and make some changes.
  9. Include a cover letter. There’s some disagreement about this one, but I think a cover letter is a definite plus. I’d prefer a nicely formatted document as the cover letter, but I will settle for a well-written email. What I will not settle for is a one-line email with no cover letter attached. “Please see attached resume.” Okay, please see trash folder. I want something other than just the resume. The letter (or email) is somewhere that you can actually speak to me. If you can’t manage that, I’m not interested.

These nine rules are all fairly simple and straightforward. Following them will go a long way toward impressing a prospective employer. Remember, your resume is your first impression. It should sparkle, or at the very least, glimmer a little bit.

Update: I’ve put up four more Bonus Resume Tips.

89 Comments on “9 Resume Tips That Should Be Screechingly Obvious (But Apparently Aren’t)”

  1. Chicken or Egg Says:

    #5 – Your resume cannot, and should not attempt, to convey your personality. You can show us your personality when you come in for an interview..

    #9 – The letter (or email) is somewhere that you can actually speak to me.

    Are you suggesting that the cover letter is the place to begin to express personallity?

    Or are you suggesting to keep a lid on your personality till you get to the interview? (ie – sending an no personallity Cover Letter)

  2. Allen Says:

    “Don’t have a resume objective. This goes contrary to a great deal of resume advice out there, but it need to be said. Raise your hand if you know what the “objective” on a resume is for. If your hand is up, put it down. You’re lying…”

    Wow. All that time writing stupid ‘objectives’ at the behest of those giving me advice. Now I can build a resume at peace.

    Also, are all hiring managers this picky? Some of these points are all well and good, but things such as, What I will not settle for is a one-line email with no cover letter attached. “Please see attached resume,” throw me off. Would you rather I give you a dissertation about my time spent in 4-H?

    Any advice you can offer on creating cover letters would be MOST welcome, as I’ve always had trouble with them.

  3. Kate Says:

    #10: If sending your resume via e-mail, take the time to send each prospective company an individual email. We got one recently where we saw that we were one of 12 other companies in the “TO” field that received this person’s resume. It was incredibly tacky and was deleted immediately from my Inbox.

  4. Robby Slaughter Says:

    Most of your points are shockingly true. However, I disagree with the claim that a resume “cannot, and should not attempt, to convey your personality”. Certainly, examples such as “‘special’ colors” and “a cute divider” are unprofessional, but I think that a resume should highlight your experience, expertise, and your acumen for visual communication.

    My own resume (http://www.robbyslaughter.com/resume_for_robby_slaughter.pdf) demonstrates both professionalism and innovation, two unique qualities I provide to clients and employers. The creativity in this design also acts as a litmus test—anyone who is dissuaded by the appearance of my resume is probably not someone with whom I will be compatible.

  5. vale Says:

    these resume tips are only useful if you are submitting your resume to this person.

    Most of these rules are common sense, but everyone needs to realize that there is a large variation of ‘what’s acceptable’ in the eyes of the hiring manager.

    Why? There is no official standard for processing resumes, therefore there is no official process for submitting resumes.

    At the end of the day, the best tip that transcends all tips is this.
    #1. Nothing attracts like a heavily fortified resume with real substance. In other words, you’ve got the qualifications.
    #2. Follow up call and get in touch. So you can interest them into reading your resume, just in case they’ve been deluged and have overlooked yours.

  6. Kenny Says:

    do not include a link from your namesake website (found via your email address) to a cheesy site titled “nosetplans.com” that makes it look like you haven’t done squat in the industry for 348 days…?

  7. Derek Park Says:

    Wow, that’s a lot of comments. I’ll respond to all of them, but it’ll take a few minutes.

    —-

    Chicken or Egg, you can be friendly and whatnot in your cover letter. That’s okay. And if you can express yourself in your resume tastefully and tactfully, then that’s okay, too. But it’s better to be a little dry than appear immature. I’d generally say no to personality in the resume, but a little (if tasteful) in the cover letter is fine.

    There are no hard rules. These are pieces of advice that I think apply in most cases. If you can actually manage to express yourself tastefully in the actual resume, then that’s fine. But it’s pretty rare that anyone managed that.

  8. Derek Park Says:

    Allen, I’m not really that picky. I’m just looking for professionalism. As far as cover letters, just a little bit about why you think you’re a good fit for the job/company and vice versa is all I want. It doesn’t have to be a work of art. It just needs to be reasonably well written. More than anything, it shows that you cared enough to take five minutes to put a cover letter together.

  9. Lame Says:

    Robby, I think your resume is more like a flyer and it’s bloated with crap, and you sound like your an a$$

  10. Derek Park Says:

    Kate, wow. I absolutely agree. That’s about as tacky as anything I’ve ever seen an applicant do.

  11. Joop Says:

    Can you give a few examples or explanation with #7 on what you think is a correct objective? Saying how you shouldn’t write an objective isn’t so helpful in my opinion.

  12. Derek Park Says:

    Robby, I personally haven’t seen a lot of resumes that “showed personality” without looking tacky. We can disagree, though.

  13. t00l Says:

    Not interested in “too years of experience”, huh?

    Apparently not very interested in taking your own advice either, eh? Or is that just when talking about getting applications for the Administratvie Assistant position from people living in _Memhpis_ ?

  14. Derek Park Says:

    Vale, while I don’t fully agree that these tips only apply to me, I agree that substance always trumps style (at anywhere I’d want to work, anyway).

  15. Colin G. Says:

    I am shocked by your comments in #3, especially from someone using Linux. It is NOT acceptable to attach Microsoft Word documents to an email, unless you are very familiar with the person and have warned them it is coming. http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/no-word-attachments.html

    I agree PDF is fine. There shouldn’t be a problem with RTF, as any respectable word processor will open it without formatting errors. A HTML attachment is ok if written to WC3 standards and opened in a browser. Most email clients have terrible renderers so HTML should not be sent inline.

    For technical positions, TXT attachments should be fine too, but for artistic positions it would obviously not be appropriate. Works files are obviously as inappropriate as DOCs. OpenOffice would be appropriate to send, but you risk having a HR person not do due diligence to open it.

    I would be interested in hearing your reasoning behind no RTF.

  16. Derek Park Says:

    Joop, I haven’t seen a good objective, so I don’t know how to give advice on one. The best objectives I’ve seen were “acceptable”, and the resumes would have been just as good without them. I’d recommend spending that time on the cover letter, or on formatting the resume well. For both of those tasks, there’s a large body of good advice on the web.

  17. Derek Park Says:

    t00l, I’m not sure what you’re getting at. Both of those mistakes were intentional.

  18. Robby Slaughter Says:

    Kenny, your response is great. I’m proud of my personal and professional life but an employer who does not feel the same way probably not one with whom I am compatible. (I wonder what you think of the host’s byline of “former slacker”.)

    Lame, I appreciate your feedback. It sounds like we are not a good a match, which again, is exactly the point of my resume.

    Derek, I’m curious what you think about my resume, if you wouldn’t mind peeking at it. Thanks for the article and the discussion.

  19. Derek Park Says:

    Colin, I’m not a Linux zealot. I use Linux because it’s what I need to use for my job. I can open DOC files in OpenOffice. I would certainly prefer PDF, but DOC will work.

    RTF works, but honestly, it just feels kind of lame. I won’t reject someone because they’re using RTF. I just personally don’t think RTF is especially professional. To me, it says, “I wrote this in ‘sex’.”

    Plaintext resumes are okay, but it’s really hard to make plaintext look nice. Even for technical positions, a nice-looking resume is a plus.

    I find it odd that you think OpenOffice format should be acceptable but DOC isn’t. Granted, DOC is proprietary, but if you want your resume to be opened, it seems the safer option most of the time.

  20. mynameishere Says:

    Seriously, what’s wrong with RTF? I always use that.

    On the other hand, I would put PDFs in the same category as printing a resume on multi-colored construction paper.

  21. Derek Park Says:

    Robby, I honestly think your resume is a little bit too much. Chalk it up to personal taste, but I think it’s a bit busy. I’d do away with most of those icons. I think they distract from the text. Additionally, the columns lead the eye downward, when the rest of the info is actually to the right.

  22. mynameishere Says:

    Well, you answered my question before I clicked submit.

  23. Derek Park Says:

    mynameishere, RTF works. I don’t deny that. I just don’t personally care for the format. I’m not eliminating candidates based on that.

    As for your PDF = construction paper comparison, I’ve got no idea what you mean.

  24. Kyle Says:

    #10: Don’t claim to be “detal-oriented.”

  25. Sean O'Donnell Says:

    RTF, DOC, PDF, it doesnt matter, pay attention to what the employer asks for. We mostly ask for rtf or plain txt, sending a DOC or PDF file will probably result in your resume not being read.

  26. Bill Says:

    #10 – Don’t name your resume “resume.doc”. Call it “John Smith.doc” (or whatever you call yourself).

  27. Derek Park Says:

    Sean, absolutely, if the company asks for something specific, then that overrides any other basic rules.

  28. ben Says:

    Why wouldn’t you read a pdf? I really hope you arnt hiring for any technical company (because I’d expect the top end employees to be using tex)

  29. bingo Says:

    I agree with most of the tips. It’s been a long time since I had to submit a resume, but having read a bunch, I agree about too much personality and bad grammar.

    What’s interesting, though, is that I’ve found that people who do excellent resumes and interviews aren’t always the best one for the job and vice versa. It’s a really difficult prospect to find a good AND qualified worker. I’d rather have a good worker with little experience than a fantastic candidate that’s a pain in the ass to work around…

  30. Josh Says:

    I love the new trend of people writing articles on how to apply for a job, write a resume, etc. It really goes to show how self-important and vapid some people are. Some of the tips are food for thought, but are you really looking for technically qualified people, or just looking for a way to quickly trash most of the resumes to eliminate most of your work?

    How about you give the applicant an explicitly stated, standard way of submitting their application? That would eliminate the problems in rules 2 – 5. How is someone supposed to know that using 100% cotton paper is totally going to wow you, while using a muted, tasteful, dark blue color for some small element at the top of the resume is going to make the resume stand out, but will appear so completely unproffesional that the resume will get dumped right into the garbage? And, this is just for you, let alone the many, many other HR people at all the other companies to which I would be applying.

    Don’t use a lame, free email account? What am I supposed to do after I graduate college and no longer have an account there, but am still renting somewhere where I don’t get a “real” email address? Sure, “cutegurl56xx” isn’t a professional look email name, but if *you* were really being professional to begin with, you’d be able to put aside your “email-provider 1337-ness”, and not trash my resume simply because the email was from yahoo or hotmail.

    These articles only seem to confirm the belief that college is nothing more than getting a piece of paper. It’s as if the HR person is always the all-knowing, but not-actually-wanting-to-bother-to-look-at-
    anything-important god[dess], who just like all the other execs certainly can’t be bothered to really learn anything technical, because that’s too geeky, so niggles about your email provider instead of attempting to find a truely qualified candidate by asking intelligent questions during an interview.

    Aren’t we supposed to broaden our way of thinking in college? Does that not include thinking, “OMG he used a hotmail email account, but maybe we could still interview him, even though that might cut into our lunch at Applebees today, eating trendy appetizers while getting sucked up to by the wait staff, just like we are all day at work!”

    Wouldn’t that also including thinking past yourself to the other employees that already work at your company? Is it not beyond the realm of possibility that maybe, just maybe, they want to work with someone competant, even though that person may have had the hubris to paste a resume directly into the body of an email sent to you, instead of having to work with someone who sent you their resume, printed on fancy paper?

    But don’t worry about that, because your current employees will have the genuine comfort of knowing that when they failed to meet an important deadline for the biggest project that the company is working on, or when they had to work extra hours every day for weeks on the company’s biggest project, because the most recent hire is a total hack, that you once had the pleasure of, and were graced with the honor of, opening, reading, touching and smelling a beautiful resume printed on 100% cotton paper.

  31. Gerard Says:

    I think a PDF resume does suggest a slight overconcern with formatting. A lot of hiring managers wouldn’t know what to do with one. And vanishingly few probably use linux.

    Generally the parts of this list that aren’t obvious seem slightly fussy and eccentric.

  32. Jason Sares Says:

    Josh: I agree with most of your points.

    More importantly when I was hiring for my own company (small support company) I had some great hires that had horrible resumes. I always tried to look past the resume to the person behind it. I like resumes to be plain text inline with little formating.

  33. Kwotem Says:

    I generally just flip past the cover letter. And look for the details in the resume. Oddly though, I like the way a nicely laid out cover letter adds to the presentation of the document.

    Also, I definitely think that saying ‘PDF resume does suggest a slight overconcern with formatting’ is splitting hair.

  34. Andy Says:

    lol Josh is ignorant….just like most people who should learn from these resume tips

  35. Andy Says:

    look up the definition of ignorant before you flame

  36. Josh Says:

    Hur hur, Andy smart! Oook, oook!

  37. Ray Says:

    Josh & Jason: You have said it all.

  38. Joel Says:

    http://www.joelhooks.com/jh_cv.pdf

    I got a 100 on this in resume class at AiD 12 years ago. I’ve just added to it as time went on. I removed the objective bit about 6 years ago because I thought it was silly. “I want a job that pays me more and lets be be more creative than my current position” was the only honest thing I could come up with and it would be.. tacky ;)

    Good write up.

  39. Sam Says:

    I disagree with many of these tips or rather feel that other important tips are missing. The most important thing lacking is that resumes should include bullet points listing accomplishments not job descriptions. There is nothing worse than writing something like “Served customers with superb customer service skills”. Nearly every waitor/waitress in the entire world can say something similar. If you really want to stand out, write out your strongest accomplishments, such as “Managed five employees and increased sales by 5%”. The more numbers the better!

  40. Mark Says:

    Here’s an important tip coming from someone who has recently interviewed a large number of people for a skilled technical position: DO NOT, under ANY circumstances, send me a resumé in Word format unless I specifically ask for it. How could anyone ever imagine that it would be a good idea to send a resumé in a modifiable, proprietary format? About half the my Word-using applicants try to work around Word’s limitations by saving their document when in the reading view, but this just makes matters worse, since it messes up all the formatting. It just blows me away every time I see this. Send me a PDF or a hard copy (both are read-only, freely viewable, and do not require me to be using a particular operating system), or don’t bother send me anything at all.

  41. Mark Says:

    A clarification of my previous post: I have never discarded a resumé based on the file type (and it would be silly to do so), as it is the content that really matters; however, my immediate reaction whenever I receive a Word-file resumé is to question the common sense of the sender, and that is probably not the first impression desired by the sender.

  42. Mike G Says:

    “my immediate reaction whenever I receive a Word-file resumé is to question the common sense of the sender, and that is probably not the first impression desired by the sender.”

    Yes, sending out a file readable in an operating system with 90% market share is MADNESS. I can see why you’d question that person’s common sense. Maybe even their sanity.

  43. Claudia Says:

    oh God! You’re so boring. Do you have sex regularly?

  44. Mark Says:

    I think your obsession with MS word is a bit depressing, though nothing unusual. Expecting people to shell out hundreds of dollars for a piece of software so that they can put their resumes into a closed, proprietary format is nuts. I specifically tell applicants NOT to send .doc files.

    Plain text should work fine. Unless you’re hiring people for design positions, I sure hope you aren’t making hiring decisions based on the fonts and bullet formats in their resumes. Even if you absolutely insist on putting function ahead of form, HTML is still a good option. It’s free, can be read by just about any system out there, and it can support any sort of layout a resume could conceivable need.

  45. Rik Says:

    I agree with #4 but I cannot count the amount of times I have sent my CV out as a PDF and then got an email back saying ‘we can’t open it’. As a result I always send it out as a Word doc now…

  46. schub Says:

    Hmm, maybe just attach TWO (or was it too? :P) files to your email, PDF and DOC? So the recipient can choose the format? Wouldn’t that be smart? :)

    I think the whole proprietary/opensource format discussion is highly out of place here. Make sure the recipients can read your stuff, that’s it.

  47. Douglas Held Says:

    “Human resources” is a pile. I think feeding your resume to a hiring manager / monster.com or whatever is a terrible way to get a job.

    My jobs over the last seven years were obtained by:
    1. Invitation by new manager, who had overseen me before
    2. Internal transfer when I said “I don’t like my job anymore. What else have we got?”
    3. Solicitation by executives of aquiring company
    4. Registering with a headhunter who specialised in my area.
    5. Same headhunter as above
    6. Craigslist ad: responded directly to new manager.

    I’ve never got *anywhere* with sending a resume to hr.

  48. Derek Park Says:

    Josh, I wrote a big long response to you, and then deleted it. Here’s the abbreviated version:

    Get over yourself. You took my advice and then interpreted it in the most negative way possible. I gave some light-hearted recommendations. I didn’t say we throw everything out because it didn’t meet these guidelines. We picked the best resumes based mostly on substance. That doesn’t mean we don’t also appreciate attention to detail. I want people with attention to detail. They are typically better workers.

    And I’m not HR. I’m a programmer. We’re a small branch, and we involved every single full-time employee into this hiring. I didn’t play HR god on this.

    Also, if you can’t (or won’t) understand why using an email account that inserts spam into your emails is a bad thing, then I don’t think any amount of advice is going to help you.

  49. Derek Park Says:

    Joel, I like your resume. It’s nice and clean. I’m actually thinking about removing the “Reference available upon request” bit from my own resume, though. I don’t really feel that it ads much.

    Sam, I agree that when possible, concrete numbers are better. I didn’t really address that (or many other valid tips), because this was supposed to be a lighthearted post about style. I intentionally avoided substance.

    Mark, I don’t mind getting Word files. I’ve never had any problem with them, and most people can produce them. I prefer PDF, but most people don’t have a PDF printer installed, so I don’t expect it.

    Claudia, I’m not sure if you’re referring to me or a commenter. I don’t think your comment is especially relevant either way.

    Schub, good advice. Attach whatever formats they might conceivably want, and call it a day.

  50. Nitin Nanivadekar Says:

    This goes in the same line as rule 6. Most have an inappropriate Word file name.

  51. Mark J Says:

    I work as a headhunter for an HR recruiting firm and I agree with almost all of these except #7. It needs to be have a well thought out and original objective. Don’t say “To get a _______ position where I can apply my ______ skills and be successful.” or any other variation of that. Think bigger picture. If you were able change the industry you are in by your actions alone what would you do? Put that as your objective, avoiding resume cliches at all costs.

    Another few things would be:

    1) Do not use MS Word Resume format. You resume needs to have a clear structure, but when you use the same format as everyone else they all start looking the same.

    2) NEVER NEVER NEVER put a picture of yourself in your resume. It seems to be a new trend. It is tacky and can open up EEO issues.

    3) No color, but varying, subtle shades of gray can make a world of difference. Subtle as in subject lines 100% black and bullet points or descriptions in 80 or 90%.

  52. RJ Says:

    Despite the simplicity, these are well thought out. I’ve seen so many terrible resumes it’s unreal. I don’t give a damn what hobbies or personal interests a person has, nor do I care if they are creative at using MS Word or whatever.

    Two things need to be mentioned:

    1) My number one tip is this: if you are slightly unsure if something should be in the resume – then leave it out.

    2) Name your MS Word (only use MS Word unless they specifically ask for something else) “Your_name_resume.doc.” Use no other format. I’m at the point where I use this as a screening tool – if I have to re-name the resume file, then I delete it.

    My last tip but certainly not necessary: If you want to get an interview – go pay a professional who’s been doing this (specifically writing resumes and nothing else) for 10 years. Accept no one else. It’s worth every cent. It makes any “B” or “C” resume into an “A-pile” resume.

  53. Arbulus Says:

    Josh, I wish this article were on digg.com. I would digg you up in a heartbeat.

    I agree with you completely.

    The real problem with the culture of business and hiring, etc., these days is that it all comes down to who you know, not what you’re capable of. People who know someone or have an “in” at a company are more likely to get a job than someone equally or better qualified who doesn’t know anyone. It’s extrodinarily frustrating.

    But the most frustrating thing I believe is that so many companies want “experience”. You have to have x years experience for a particular position. But if you can’t get hired into a position to get the experience, how can you apply for a job and say that you have the experience? It’s a catch-22, and there’s no way to win. And no one takes “I’ve done graphic design in my spare time as a hobby/avocation for years” seriously. They just think your some over eager kid who needs to go back to the mailroom. All they want is “job” experience. But if you can’t get the job, how can you get the experience? There aren’t enough employers who are willing to give people a chance.

  54. Derek Park Says:

    I love how people talk about how “these days” it’s all about who you know. Knowing someone has historically always been important. Deal with reality. Work your way in. Yeah, it might be harder, but it’s not impossible, and really, your only other option is to complain. Deal with your situation instead of lamenting it.

    The best candidates will find a way in, regardless of whether they know someone or not, and even if they have to work harder.

  55. Jeffrey Says:

    Well, not ever having had to supply a resume for my professional work(photography), I have never bothered to make one in any format. My Portfolio is more important to gettting a job in my field than anything written in a resume.

  56. Bryan Says:

    As someone who has been in the position of going through resumes and trying to identify applicants worth an interview let me put my two cents in.

    Most managers who have to hire someone get bombarded with resumes. Reviewing the resumes is an extra task on top of their normal job, i.e. they don’t really have time to put towards it.

    So there you are looking at a pile of 200 resumes with no time. Reading them all is impossible. And realistically most of them aren’t a good fit. So what you end up doing (and I’ve heard this from everyone I’ve talked to) is trying to find a way to whittle down the pile.

    Printed on colored paper – chuck it
    Really weird font sizes – chuck it
    Formatting is off, hard to read – chuck it
    Cutesy diagrams – chuck it
    First paragraph contains grammatical/spelling errors – chuck it
    Contact information says bigboy@aol.com – chuck it
    Any mention of problems with last job – chuck it
    Missing work history dates – chuck it
    Work history is engineer, kindergarden teacher, chef, then sales – chuck it
    if they can’t make their work history sound halfway impressive – chuck it

    Basically you are looking for excuses to whittle the pile down to about 10-20 or so resumes. Sure, they guy who sent his resume in with grammatical errors could be a great employee, but there’s 50 other candidates who didn’t screw up their resume, and all things considered I’m not going to waste my time giving everyone the benefit of the doubt. I’m under time pressure here. You just made my job easier, I can throw your resume into the discard pile without looking any further.

    My advice to anyone who wants to learn how to write a resume. Get a lot of resumes (maybe put an ad in the paper looking to hire people). Read through a hundred or so. Notice which ones are good and why. Notice which ones are bad and why. Hiring someone was the best resume learning experience I ever had.

  57. some joe Says:

    You are aware that trashing resumes in any format is a violation with any company that is considered EOE. Speaking from experience it may be a requirement to archive every resume for up to seven years.

    Unless you have made it perfectly clear the guidelines for which a resume will be accepted for review your actions could get you in hot water.

  58. ChoJin Says:

    That’s probably the worst resume tips I have ever read. The author sounds so condescending it’s unbelievable.

    I’m not talking about the fact that, yes, you should run a spellchecker and so on, but the tone of these “tips” is just plain despicable (and some of them are just plain wrong… I had a very nice pdf version of my resume but I ended up doing a .txt file because every single company was asking for a different process and only plain text resumes were accepted almost everywhere).

    Seriously, if I see this kind of attitude from a recruiter I just run away, as it could be representative of the company politic.
    That’s because of these kind of recruiters, we (as manager/engineer) never get interesting/good resumes: they are just too damn interested by the form instead of the content. Get over it! As a matter of fact, most good people have really bad formatted resume: they are just too busy working to spend 24h searching how _you_ would like the resume to look like… I guess I’m lucky enough to be in an industry where the engineers can be picky about the job they accept, but still…

    Maybe we should start a new list: 10 tips for recruiters: how to do your job correctly and provide good resumes to the managers.

    #1: Get over it, you’re not so damn busy or more important than anyone else! People are counting on you to find good people so read the @#$! content of the resume to discard the B.S. resumes instead of discarding the no-so-well-formatted-to-your-taste-resumes
    # – I’ll let you add your own here

  59. Noir Says:

    Opening Doc files is a surefire way to expose yourself to viruses. This is why many people have been trained to include their resumes in the text of their email. I do one even better. I include the resume in the email text, but also attach it as a pdf. That way, when I send to someone as anal-retentive as yourself, I can be assured they will reject me on some other basis.

  60. Dr Zen Says:

    Yes, hirers! Spend hours and hours of your time reading every word of every misspelled resume to come your way! Just in case you miss some person who has great skills but just isn’t willing to work out how to complete a task in an acceptable way. They’ll make a great employee.

  61. Professional Redneck Says:

    I never approach HR when I am trying to get a job just for this reason. Rejecting people because of your pet peeves is about as unprofessional as it gets. Maybe you hire for Accenture they all sound alike and look alike.

    If you are looking for a job call the person that would hire you don’t waste your time with HR. I mean how dynamic can this guy be reading resumes all day!

    Best of luck the pro’s simply bypass HR. While you’re stuck getting the resume to meet some screeners needs.

    If you want to be a professional act like it, call the person and tell them you have what it takes to be successful!

  62. George Says:

    great link dugg not too long ago:
    **Keep in mind these are DESIGN TIPS, not CONTENT TIPS! Although content advice is constructive, it is detracting from the very main purpose of the original author.**

    http://www.lifeclever.com/2006/10/24/give-your-resume-a-face-lift/

  63. John Crane Says:

    Bryan, you gave me a very good laugh! I can speak from experience that it is very true – time is the arbiter and first impressions account for everything.

    some Joe… As far as EOE companies are concerned, the 200 on the desk all have equal opportunity for review – the first negative impression the resume gives is enough to discard it. As for anyone with the stones to bring suit regarding it, they would be better off working for the ACLU where that sort of practice is encouraged.

  64. Derek Park Says:

    ChoJin, you (and apparently lots of others) need to recognize two things:

    1) This is supposed to be entertaining (though still accurate). Don’t take it so seriously.
    2) If a candidate cannot submit a decent resume, they aren’t likely to do anything else well, either. I certainly value content over polish, but polish indicates attention to detail and pride in one’s work.

    As far as your TXT vs PDF resume, maybe part of the problem is that you weren’t willing to do both? What does it say that you’re unwilling to bend a little as a candidate to please the different companies? If ABC Corp wants TXT, that’s fine. You can still send DEF Corp a PDF if they don’t mind. Aiming for the lowest common denominator is a sure way to be lost in the crowd. You could also just attach both if you don’t know which is best, as schub recommended.

    I find it very interesting that numerous commenters (here and elsewhere) think it’s unreasonable to have to spend time customizing their resumes for me, while at the same time criticizing me for not spending enough time reading those resumes. A little bit of a double standard, no?

    Noir, I think your approach is fine. I certainly wouldn’t consider what you do a negative.

    Professional Redneck, as I’ve already said, I’m not HR. I’m a programmer. I’m involved in reading resumes specifically because we don’t dump it on HR.

  65. JP Says:

    Wow, I can tell you that there are a lot of people here I would walk away from in a heart beat, no matter how my resume was received.

    You are better off not working for the ones who nitpick as much as some in the comments. And while that one gent was whining a lot, his idea of hiring agencies/companies expressing their desires explicitly could help everyone to have an even chance. But seriously, there are a lot of angry people here, and I don’t want to work for any of them.

    Derek, your advice is sound, and can be adapted for any situation. I only wish I had applicable skills to send you a resume.

  66. Derek Park Says:

    JP, we’re hiring an Administrative Assistant right now. I don’t think you’d likely want the job anyway. :)

  67. Ryan Says:

    I have your standard one page resume. I’m your average “post-first job” college graduate. My resume totals 348 words total. I’m sorry, but if you, as a potential employee can not be responsible for 348 words and their correct spelling and grammar, I feel very little sympathy for you. If you have a gross excess of this many words, you need to work on cutting down your verbage.

    Quote: Dr Zen
    Yes, hirers! Spend hours and hours of your time reading every word of every misspelled resume to come your way! Just in case you miss some person who has great skills but just isn’t willing to work out how to complete a task in an acceptable way. They’ll make a great employee.
    /Quote

  68. John C Says:

    I simply could not read this long thread of article + comments without chiming in with my own thoughts :)

    1. Generally good tips. I personally like the “acceptable” objective section: if tailored correctly it at least shows the candidate put some personalized thought into the process.

    2. Some personality will invariably show through, and I find this to be a very good thing, if done unintentionally

    3. Content is KING in a resume. Design is Queen. Both are needed to support the other.

    4. Resumes should be tailored! Not necessarily to an obnoxious detail…but here’s a tip: LEARN ABOUT THE COMPANY TO WHICH YOU ARE APPLYING. Sounds basic, but so many people miss it. If you’re applying to an extremely large company, count on your resume passing through an automated screening process right off the bat.

    5. Have multiple file types of your resume. Period. Everyone needs to quit arguing this point. It all depends on where you are applying. Plain Txt is safest, but…yuck who wants to look at that?? (*grin*) Keep a plain-text, an RTF, an HTML, a WORD Doc, and a PDF.

    Sure I’m going over the top with this point but if you really care that much, then do the extra work to keep a copy in each format. (I wrote a php resume system that keeps all my info in a database and then exports to various formats). And if you’re REALLY not sure…then just call and ask what format they’d like the resume in. Common sense.

    6. I’ll reiterate the spell check thing.

    7. Feel free to drop the references available part. Any hiring manager worth $0.02 will know and expect them to be available. On that note…have them ready.

    8. Pre/Post Interview Tips: Don’t be over-eager. *DO* place a follow-up phone call or email. Make sure you have questions ready when you interview.

    9. A good resume conveys who you are and what you know. A GREAT resume conveys both of those and what you can do for the company. Remember that the entire purpose of the whole apply/resume/interview process is for the employer to fill a very specific role in their organization. Your resume needs to say “I fit that role.” If I’m hiring a programmer, I probably care more that his native language is Cobol, rather than the fact that he was the “condiment guy” at McDonalds.

    Overall good tidbits. Sometimes great little bits of advice like this fall on difficult ears.

    To everyone who had something negative to state regarding the article, please just keep this mind: In the end, you never quite know what might irritate the Resume-reader enough to toss yours onto the ‘discard’ pile. I have (on a few horrible occasions) had to decide between two candidates based on resume. All things were equal, but the candidate who most precisely expressed themselves in a clean, professional way won out. Just ‘make yours exceptional’

    10. To Joel — Congratulations on the 100%. Unfortunately your CV looks just like you described: like you just added to it over time. I *HATE* resumes that include what software/languages a person used on every job. Especially when the same lines appear multiple times in a resume. (Skills section is different, list those skills!) My time is important. If a line looks the same, I’ll skip it. Don’t waste the space you have. Additional suggestions would be to condense your Education section (smaller font, abbreviations, something, maybe move to the end?), use more action words in your job summaries, see if there is a way to align your multi-line bullets to more of a ‘block’ format, and try to make the dates/places look a bit cleaner. Again this is all digital, I haven’t seen in print, just my few $0.02

    let the flames begin. ;-)

  69. somejoe Says:

    Good tips. Post #56 hit the nail on the head. You might not like it, but that’s how it be.

  70. Steve Says:

    “Ditto” to everything John C. said. I’m one of those HR/Recruiter types that apparently most of you loathe, so I feel compelled to speak for the other side a bit.

    Yes, we’re trying to root out the garbage. We get 100+ resumes for every job and we need a way to get it down to 1 person to offer the job to. Here’s what I’m looking for and how your resume will help/hurt you:

    1. Do you have the basic qualifications? More than 1/2 of them don’t. It’s a waste of everyone’s time.
    2. I agree with most of what has been said about the Objective. Usually it’s fluff, less then 5% of the time do they add value. If you use an Objective and it doesn’t match the position you’ve applied for, I will automatically disqualify you. Why? Either you don’t really understand what you’ve applied for or have poor attention to details. Either way, you won’t work for me.
    3. Like a broken record, grammar and spelling count. Regardless of the position you’re applying for, I’m looking for a professional who communicates well. Grammar and spelling errors will knock you out every time.
    4. FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS ASKED FOR IN THE ADVERTISEMENT. If I need a cover letter, I’ll ask for one. If you have to follow the company’s online application format, I’ll link you there. Most larger companies have resume tracking systems used to assist with federally mandated EEO reporting later, so if that’s the case, you won’t have a lot of choice in how you submit your data anyway. If I have a systems limitation in file types, I’ll include that in the job posting. File types aside, LESS formatting is almost always preferred to more. The exception here is the job you’re applying for: I expect it from a Graphics Designer and less will then get you in trouble; an Accountant probably won’t get away with a fancy resume.
    5. If you’re going to use a Cover Letter, use it to explain things that aren’t apparent in the resume. Why do you want to work HERE? Do you know who we are, what we do, how you will bring value? Do your homework and use your cover letter to show you’ve done so. If you’re seeking a career shift, applying for something outside of what your resume indicates is a good fit for you, the cover letter is a good place for that explanation also. Otherwise, your resume will normally do just fine.

  71. Steve Says:

    OH…and the details in #56 were dead-on, also. That’s pretty much exactly my sifting process…

  72. Mike Says:

    Derek,

    I found this website very useful at highlighting some ideas that hadn’t seemed so important before, espescially in the crazy conversations in the comment section. I feel like I already have an advatage looking for a job, just reading some of those remarks.

    Even if some people have a stick up their ass, I think your playful writing style came though fine, and I enjoyed the approach better than most.

  73. Jaqui Says:

    I have been in the recruitment industry for nearly 20 years – so have seen a few CVs (as we call them in the UK). You have to remember that a CV is a tool to getting an interview, it is not meant to tell the prospective employer all he ever needs to know – it is the catalyst to interest him/her enough to want to meet you and find out if you are the person they are looking for. They often don’t know what they actually want until they meet you…………………….. so make your CV interesting, don’t be a bore!!

  74. Look in the mirror Says:

    You’re too picky. I bet you’re an ass, and I bet you screen out mental handicapped people or people who are mentally challenged. You’re just looking for any kind of excuse to screen out people without ever meeting them or giving them a chance. I’ll be sure to do the same to you when you go looking for a date on a personals board.

    You know some people are hypoglycemic and diabetic, and its extremely difficult for them to concentrate, let alone put together a resume, fill out a job application, or prepare for an interview. People like you do a great job making sure such poor folks end up starving to death and living on the streets.

  75. NoneOfYoBiz Says:

    This article is common among people who get to be boss. Once a person gets a little power, it goes to thier head and they think that they deserve whatever they ask for.

    Granted not all bosses are bad. But just put a person in change of something (like hiring) and all the sudden they think they are to important for anything.

  76. Nitt Picker Says:

    I’ve read through the article and the comments and just had a few thought that might help some people (especially the young and/or inexperienced).

    Yes, the recipient of your resume is going to be discriminatory.

    For those who have yet to live in the real world, that is the purpose of job applications, resumes, and interviews. They allow the person doing the hiring to discriminate between applicants to find the one most suited to the job.

    Look in the mirror Said:
    “You know some people are hypoglycemic and diabetic, and its extremely difficult for them to concentrate, let alone put together a resume, fill out a job application, or prepare for an interview.”

    When I’m reading your resume, I don’t care how old you are, how tall you are, what color your skin is, what country you are from, what god you worship, whether or not you’ve had you tonsils removed, or if you have diabetes.

    What I do care about is your ability to clearly define why you are best suited for the job.

    If you can’t spell-check your resume, you clearly don’t pay close enough attention to the task at hand.
    If you can’t write a clear and grammatically correct sentence, your communication skills are poor.
    If you can’t cleanly format your resume so that it is easily readable and the sections are clearly defined, you lack organizational skills.

    The person looking at your resume for the first time does not care that you’ve had a bad day. They don’t care if you need medication. They don’t care if you’ve just broken up with your boy/girlfriend. If any of these personal issues interferes with your ability to write your resume, then you are not reasonably caring for you situation.

    When I see poor spelling, I will discriminate against that person for not paying EXTRA attention to their REQUEST FOR AN INTERVIEW.
    When I see an incoherent, rambling paragraph, I will discriminate the applicant for their inability to communicate clearly.
    When I see a resume that is not laid out cleanly or formatted so as to be easily read, I will discriminate against that person for not organizing the information they believe to be vital for a prospective employer to know.

  77. Derek Park Says:

    Look in the Mirror, I’m hope you’re being sarcastic (what with your cutegurl56xx email and all), in which case, I love your comment. Well done.

    In the event that you are not being sarcastic (a sad possibility), then I’d like to express my sincere apology for the fact that I’ve personally caused the deaths of thousands of hypoglycemics and diabetics. I didn’t realize the horrible effects that screening resumes could cause. I’m also sorry if I’ve screened out any mentally disabled applicants. In case I’m also responsible for tuberculosis, avian flu, aids, and/or the black plague, I’m so sorry. I didn’t realize what I was doing. I can only hope that you’ll forgive me and that maybe you won’t be too hard on me if you see me on your personals board.

  78. Derek Park Says:

    Nitt Picker, you’re spot on. Apparently people don’t want to hear that their resumes are being judged. I’m not sure why anyone would submit a resume if they don’t want to be judged. That’s the entire purpose of the resume.

  79. Davidlow Says:

    Mr. Slaughter,
    “…professionalism and innovation, two unique qualities I provide…”

    I am not ready to accept that professionalism, nor innovation, is unique to you in the field of Information Technology, as I have personally witnessed these traits in others. From someone in your profession I would expect precision in communications, but perhaps I’m just another one of those resumé readers who’s a stickler for clarity.

    I, like others here you’ve identified, would not be “compatible” with you. So your strategy of weeding out prospectives has therefore succeeded, again, in removing another.

    I am also not ready to accept that a personality mismatch necessarily precludes a strong and productive working relationship, except of course in those cases where the communication channels are sloppy or imprecise. A good managerial relationship can generate positives from disagreement.

    I agree that being personally compatible has benefits, but it only goes so far.

    My opinion of your resumé is positive, but I would not call it a resumé. If I were searching for a usability specialist using search engines or search services I think you would stand out with your presentation. But if I had a stack of resumés on my desk yours would never be read, and even your placement of “Useability Specialist” in the top slot would probably not be noticed.

    None of this matters anyway because I’m not hiring right now. But who knows? If I weren’t so inflexible about clarity in communications, my business might have been more successful than it already is and I would need another Information Technology Professional.

    Good luck to you. This a good page to be reading for anyone, like us, who doesn’t have guaranteed permanent employment.

  80. Deke Kincaid Says:

    #3 Don’t dump your resume into an email.

    Unfortunately you have to do this with over half the employers out there these days because all the work accounts strip out all attachments including pdf files and doc files.

    #6 Don’t use an embarassing account on a lame email provider.

    This relates to the above because many HR people are using their own “unprofessional” personal accounts because of the above mentioned issue of stripping out attachments.

    To help with both issues above I include both a text formatted and pdf resume. Nothing is more annoying then having to email a person back and fourth 5-6 times just to get them a stupid resume because they can’t read the file format you gave them because they 1. have an old version of word, 2. an old version of acrobat, 3. incompetent using a computer. Yes it sucks, but everyone can read a text file.

  81. life does not in fact owe you Says:

    There seems to be a pretty ubiquitous sentiment among inexperienced grads and job seekers in general that they are entitled to a fair appraisal of their resume submission, and that candidates should always be given the benefit of the doubt on initial application/resume issues, so that the company can see “who the candidate really is”. Is this what you’re taught in college? I wouldn’t know, having failed out of Arizona State after 2 semesters and doing enough partying in the process to make John Belushi jealous. I went on to start a successful sales company a few short years later, and I chuckle privately about every recruiter and hiring mgr. who snubbed me because I don’t have a degree; and simultaneously at my contemporaries who beat their brains and wallets into submission with their education and now can’t find jobs, or work in fields totally unrelated to their degrees. Digression aside, what I do know is this: Life is not fair. The main purpose of a for-profit organization is to generate revenue, and NOT, as so many appear to think, to hire you. This idea of propriety is getting garbled somewhere along the way, and I’d like to re-iterate the message.

    It doesn’t matter if you are a raging extrovert of a sales-shark driven by your lust for competition or a shy and introverted administrative mole driven by your aversion to such conflict, by entering the workforce you engage in a competitive market, and if you want a job, you must compete! This means using EVERY weapon at your disposal and addressing every possible competitive advantage and weakness, not just the ones you “think” should matter. The hiring manager may be a pretentious fool with a huge ego who refuses to read anything except 10.5 point sans-serif fonts on handmade linen paper, and the HR people may very likely be emotionless cyborgs who get a parity error from too many phone calls or courtesy replies. This is not fair, and that does not matter, except as it pertains to EOE legal issues. The fact is that you are “owed” nothing, and if you want a business to underwrite the considerable hassle and expense of interviewing, investigating, hiring, training, and employing you, then you have to CONVINCE THEM that you are a sound investment. This means that you have to pander to every pompous whim of every mindless, thoughtless, barely-literate, self-important troll you meet along the way, because they will have neither the time nor the inclination to look beyond the fact that you sent a .pdf when they wanted a .wpd (or whatever bizarre format-fetish philosophy they subscribe to). And all this is just to get your foot in the door, so you can get face-to-face and convince them that they like you enough to continue the process. An error at this early stage is tantamount to crib death!

    The point of my long, cynical semi-rant is only this: You deserve nothing except what you can convince people to agree to give you. The good thing is that there are very few restrictions on how you can do this. Know thy enemy. Knowledge is your only source of power and your only ally in this battle, so take your time and do your homework, and truly, DON’T BE AFRAID TO PICK UP THE PHONE. A 5-minute conversation can save you 5 weeks of letters and emails, and I don’t care what anybody says, if making that call and showing your initiative kills your chance at the job then it is NOT a healthy company anyway. Take each potential employer as a seperate and distinct target, find out what they want, and then do that. Using the “scattergun” approach will rarely bear profit, so take each target individually and try and find the chinks in the armor. Is it easy? No! Does it suck? Often! But that, gentle readers, is why we call it “work”. ;)

  82. Barry Says:

    Great post. To answer Josh and a few other commenters – YES, when you get 300 responses for an open position, you do look first to eliminate the junk, then hope to have 20-30 qualified resumes to review.
    I recently did a post on the five things to avoid when job hunting.
    We had some overlap – on the cover letter and the lame email address.

  83. Derek Park Says:

    Barry, I edited your comment to make the title the link, rather than having the link right in the box.

    Your article looks good, too. I like it.

  84. Vinod Says:

    You are so full of yourself.
    Quote:
    What I will not settle for is a one-line email with no cover letter attached. “Please see attached resume.” Okay, please see trash folder.

    Really? You wont go through a resume unless there is an essay that accompanies it. Get off your high horse and you will find a lot of talented individuals who dont bother with a wordy cover letter.

  85. Derek Park Says:

    Take a minute and think about what you are saying. Someone who won’t take five minutes to put together a simple cover letter is going to be talented? No, they are going to be a waste of time.

    If you can’t spend five minutes writing a cover letter for me, why should I spend five minutes reading your resume?

  86. Life Does Not, In Fact, Owe You Says:

    Vinod, Please see above. How can you even argue this point? I’ll resist the temptation to verbally eviscerate your whiny, tenuous, self-serving position at length, but I will add a brief corollary to my earlier post: this notion that there are scores of fabulously talented job-seekers who are brimming with innovation and skill, but for some reason won’t write a cover letter, format their resume, etc., and that these prodigies are being unfairly neglected by hirers, is absolutely false. Don’t misjudge the playing field: this is an EMPLOYER’s market. In simple economic terms, if the employee is the commodity, then there is an abundant supply, and hence a low price. I guarantee that for every qualified candidate that didn’t bother to write a cover letter, there are at least two equally-or-better-qualified candidates who did. Therefore, it GREATLY behooves an applicant to DISTINGUISH herself from the others in terms of value and quality, and one way of doing so is to write a cover letter (which doesn’t, incidentally, need to be “wordy” or elaborate).

    Let me ask Vinod, and anyone else who subscribes to this philosophy: What techniques would YOU suggest to a manager who had to select the best from among a huge pool of applicants? Assume that the number of applicants approaches infinity while time for selection approaches zero. Quality of candidate and speed of selection is of paramount importance, but ideally all applicants should be considered equally. What would you do?

    Wait, I think I just answered my own question: you sit there and continue to opine about how “unfair” these practices are while other, “less qualified” candidates are hired and promoted over you. :P

  87. Adrinext Says:

    Its similar to other articles, this was my favorite= http://careerblueprints.com/2007/01/26/7-mistakes-while-building-your-resume/

  88. nibbleme Says:

    1. Remember that the one who screens your resume can’t spell either.
    2. Most resumes are computer scanned, put random key words and acronyms throughout the document (in no particular order) and someone will call you for an interview.
    3. Make your resume with the latest version of MS Word, use a Times
    font and don’t put anything fancy or pretty in the document. God knows MS Word is the stupidest tool to create a document, but most everyone is used to the lame looking documents that MS Word produces. Anything out of the ordinary will just piss off one of the halfwits and your resume will end up in file 13.
    4. Put all the high points of your career (you loved every job you have ever had) into your cover letter. The reason being, the one who reads your cover letter is too damn dumb to understand your resume, and thus being suitably impressed with your cover letter, will pass your resume to someone who actually matters in the world.
    5. Do absolutely everything you can think of to get your resume out of the hands of the garbage people in the HR department, and into the hands of the people you might eventually be working with. Mail room employees and admin assistants can get your resume on the right desk for a price.
    6. Never marry or have children with anyone that claims to be a Human Resources specialist. This subspecies of humans has been propagating for far too long.

  89. Ari Says:

    The only useful things I learned from this article and the one in the comments were to use gmail instead of yahoo, and how to name (and organize the file tree) resume files. Thank you for explain WHY you don’t like recieving applications from yahoo accounts. These little details help.

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