Maybe it’s worth looking over your application one more time before hitting submit on that job posting. A new survey reveals that it can be the smallest things that can send your resume straight to the trash.
Excluding your phone number, for example, is a major turn off for recruiters. Nine in ten employers said it must be included for them to take a job candidate seriously.
Office Needle, a website that focuses on business development, released new findings on the mistakes that leave an impression you don’t want — and could even end up with a quality candidate ending up in the rejected pile due to mistakes that could be fixed with just one more glance over your resume.
Read over your resume carefully
Before you even think about changing the template of your resume, maybe you should run a quick spellcheck.
Seventy-five percent of employers said they would reject a cover letter or resume because of bad grammar and typos, according to the study.
This seems like something that doesn’t need repeating, but spelling mistakes can be the worst first impression before you even get to make an impression.
Common spelling mistakes include: “untill”, “acheive”, “seperate”, and others.
Additionally, avoid slang and basic language. Nearly 14% of employers dislike seeing basic language as they said it gives them a bad impression. Using more specific terminology here could be the difference from getting noticed.
Your resume layout matters
The most important piece to any resume is readability. Often, flashy pages or designs can distract employers and make what matters more difficult to read.
For instance, using multiple different fonts may create a curated theme on your resume, but it’s giving recruiters a headache. Forty-six percent of employers said they might reject a resume if there’s more than one font used. Additionally, over one in three said poor layouts can leave a bad impression that could also lead to rejection.
Length of resume, too, can pose a problem. Having a long list of accolades might seem like a good idea, but save some of it for the interview; managers simply do not have time to sift through everything.
A quarter of employers said they only take under one minute to scan over a resume, and more than half (57.1%) said they will reject your application if the resume is longer than two pages.
A few other things to consider
- Be sure to tailor the resume to the position. Not showing you have the necessary skills is not going to make you standout, 46% of employers said.
- Stop including your address in the contact section of your resume; an employer isn’t going to show up to your door and offer you a job. Over nine in ten employers said they want to see your phone number there instead.
- Is social media important? Depending on the job you’re applying for, it could be — but only 14% of employers said they think applicants should include their Instagram and Twitter handles on a resume.
- Lastly, create a professional email address, please. Stop using that AOL or Hotmail address.