Have trouble getting interviews? Perhaps you need to take a second look at your resume.
Check out this article (linked below) from CareerBuilder on the top ten resume mistakes that are annoying the heck out of interviewers. They are:
1. Spelling mistakes and grammatical errors.
2. Opening objectives
3. Personal attributes.
4. Interests and hobbies.
5. Details of every task you've ever performed in every job you've ever had.
6. Excessive bragging.
7. Outdated information.
8. False information.
9. Unexplained gaps in work history.
10. A lack of professionalism.
Number four reminds me of the time my friend interviewed someone for a big name company who had put down "Homecoming King" under an "Interests and Hobbies" section. They gave him a chance and hired him but ultimately they realized that they gave him too much credit when he showed up for the first day of work wearing a pukka shell and hemp necklace. Yeah.
And I have seen and heard way too much of number eight---false information---going on. Come on! How long do you think it will take for people to figure out? Another friend worked with someone who recently got fired because the man's coworker ran into his former coworkers at an industry convention. When the topic of, "Oh do you know so-and-so?" came up, it was met with a barrage of negativity and comments such as, "He told you he was in charge of WHAT?!". Upon investigation, they found out that most of his resume was fudged and then, well, so was he.
And we all remember SouthernProgrammer's story, The Con Artist, about the chick who exaggerated or lied about everything from her programming experience to a fake fluency in Spanish. Ay Caramba. Didn't your mama ever teach you? Lying might get you on the bus, but it ain't gonna let you off on the right stop!
Check out the article for more stories and tips on a little resume house cleaning.
twiz (09/05/2007) We had a guy at my work canned for fabricating his resume. It came out at a tradeshow a year later! Another company he use to work for spilled the beans on the guy... to his boss! Needless to say he was fired shortly after. Unfortunately most folks get away with it... and it hurts the folks who really are qualified and don't get the job(s).
avid reader (09/05/2007) Ok seriously what is wrong with people? The e-mail address one brings up memories of the girl (straight out of college) who included her email address at the very top of her resume and it was something like babygirl1234. How do people expect to get called in for anything other than a "dancer" job?
bored (09/06/2007) http://resumesfromhell.com
joseppi (09/06/2007) Learn to be professional. Then you won't have such problems getting hired.
SouthernProgrammer (09/11/2007) I actually received a professional resume that had an 'accomplishments' section. The resume owner (who had a college degree and years of experience) had listed 'learn to play bass drum in high school band' as an accomplishment. I actually spoke to him and he actually mentioned learning how to play the drum in high school and went on and on about it. I really thought he was odd.
career observer (09/11/2007) SP--did you aske the candidate why he neglected to put "toilet training" on his list of "accomplishments"?