Top Resume Bombs That Can Humiliate an Applicant

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Interviewer checking for resume bombs

Hiring managers are keen with applications that go through their folders or job database. Modern-day applications have adopted various techniques like the inclusion of a personal portfolio and links to social network websites like Facebook and LinkedIn.

For hiring managers, it is tolerable for an applicant to include his Facebook profile page, which isn’t usually found on a resume. Indeed, the application process, by leaps and bounds, keeps on changing possibly because of the applicants themselves.

However, there are still objects that hiring managers find insulting and unprofessional. Consequently, when a candidate submits a resume that includes a groggy picture of him/her the application is considered dead. Curriculum vitae (CV) is not a freedom wall, which the hopeful can exploit to expose his dark, deepest secrets.

Resume Bombs to Avoid

Here are a few common objects that you need to exclude on your resumes so you won’t get the “unprofessional” tag:

  • Humdrum tales of past work experience – Career analysts say that it is manageable to include a succinct story of your background on the CV. Yet, if you settle for a boring tale that documents everything from the beginning, then the application dies a premature death.
  • Playful photos – As mentioned, hiring managers are sensitive when it comes to the job seeker’s picture. Casual photos showing fashionable clothes and poses do not make it to the short list. Career experts are one in saying that the photo reflects whether you are serious or not with your job quest.
  • More than one social networking link – Hiring managers will consider LinkedIn and Facebook. Yet, they don’t require you to place these details on your summary. Some hopefuls dare to challenge the job search process by placing a number of social networking sites.
  • Perennial usage of words – Careless applicants use “unusual” words on their resume. This is evident on how some would go the extra mile and use jargon that hiring managers do not have time to decode. Those who include flowery words on their piece often get lesser  chance at landing a job.

Linda Roberts is part of a research team giving various resource materials to different corporate recruitment departments.

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