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9 Resume Errors Which Disqualified Candidates From Consideration

Steven Rothberg AvatarSteven Rothberg
July 14, 2012

Resume With Photo of CandidateHow do you make sure your resume successfully captures the attention of employers and doesn’t end up in the Deleted Items folder? A recent study of 2,298 hiring managers nationwide provides real-life examples of resumes that stood out for the wrong reasons. When asked to share the most memorable and unusual applications that came across their desk, hiring managers gave the following examples of resumes with errors that disqualified the candidates from consideration:

  1. Resumes with typos – 61 percent
  2. Resumes that copied large amounts of wording from the job posting – 41 percent
  3. Resumes with an inappropriate email address – 35 percent
  4. Resumes that don’t include a list of skills – 30 percent
  5. Resumes that are more than two pages long – 22 percent
  6. Resumes printed on decorative paper – 20 percent
  7. Resumes that detail more tasks than results for previous positions – 16 percent
  8. Resumes that include a photo – 13 percent
  9. Resumes that have large blocks of text with little white space – 13 percent

Source: Careerbuilder

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