Worst Resume Mistakes We’ve Seen

There are bad resume mistakes, and then there are these…

Worst Resume Mistakes We've SeenOne of the benefits of a Virtual Vocations Membership is our custom resume review service.

From wacky fonts to documents that rival Pride and Prejudice in length, over the years we have seen some peculiar resume mistakes. Before crafting your resume, learn what not to do from these examples of the worst resume mistakes we’ve seen:

Including inappropriate contact info. Don’t suggest an employer contact you using the same email address you’d give to someone you met in a bar. Your date may want to hear from “naughty_nurse13”, but if you want to land a job as a Telephonic RN Case Manager, you should provide a more professional method of contact.

Fudging experience. Playing Farmville does not equate to you having a background in community building. We are cheerleaders for using your resume to paint yourself in the best light, but if you’re starting with a blank canvas don’t slap on any excuse for professional experience and expect it to pass for Picasso.

Stating the obvious. Call us kooky, but we’re pretty sure that an accountant has “proficiency in using a calculator.” Playing Captain Obvious on your resume is a waste of time for both you and your hiring manager. Skip the salad and go straight to the meat of your resume. Fill it with quantifiable examples of your success in your field, rather than superfluous fluff.

Using tacky tactics. Scented pink stationary may have helped Elle Woods land an internship in Legally Blonde, but similarly cutesy ploys don’t work in the real world. From smiley faces to a resume formatted entirely in Wingdings, we’ve seen it all (and rolled our eyes at it).

Enclosing an irrelevant headshot. Congratulations on your new haircut, but why does your virtual customer service hiring manager need to see physical evidence of it? Unless you are applying for a gig in show business, save the headshots for your Instagram account.

Dissing the employer. “I want to get away from my current boss” does not an appropriate objective make! While escaping your present employer may be the true goal of your employment search, that’s one of those personal overshares that could cost you the job. Dissing your current boss on a resume is not the way to establish a positive relationship with a prospective employer. Do this, and TMI will be the TKO of your job hunt.

Submitting more than two pages. Rivaling Team Edward and Team Jacob in passion, there are two schools of thought on resume formatting: Team One Page and Team Two Pages. Whatever camp you claim allegiance to, submitting a resume longer than two pages is a candidate red flag. Hiring managers review stacks of employment documents when an opening is posted, so they don’t have time to read a novel in six seconds – the time you have to catch a recruiter’s attention with your resume.

We want to hear from you! Are you a recruiter who’s viewed a long line of brain bending resume submissions, or are you willing to divulge your own embarrassing resume mistake? Share your story in a comment!

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Kimberly Back is the Content Division Manager at Virtual Vocations. Prior to beginning work with Virtual Vocations in 2012, Kimberly was a subscriber and advocate of Virtual Vocations' services. She has exclusively worked from home since 2009.

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