Friday, January 23, 2009

Resume Faux Pas

I've been spending an inordinate amount of time reviewing resumes over the last few days. Overall, it's a pretty boring process and I generally try to stop when I get grouchy because I think it's not fair to the candidates. So, in honor of my recent time spent perusing resumes, I would like to share a few observations:



  • If your college GPA was a 2.47, you probably don't need to mention that on your resume. It's not helping your case.

  • If you enable the "track changes" feature on the electronic version of your resume, you should "accept all changes" before sending it to a recruiter. Otherwise, we see every change, misspelling and correction you have made to your resume.

  • If you assess your skill level in Excel as a 5 out of 5, and then indicate that you don't have experience writing formulas in Excel, your self assessment may be off.

  • If you address your cover letter to "Dear Sirs," you should be certain that the "Sirs" are actually the ones who will be reading your cover letter. This is so antiquated and sexist, it's a deal-breaker for me.

  • If you think it's worth noting that you are "Detail ORIENTAL", you're probably not.

6 comments:

momdiggity said...

Hooray for another Carolyn blog entry!!! That's good stuff. Your job provides so much blog material, you should be writing at least once a week! The "detail oriental" point is my favorite:)

The LaBouffs said...

Maybe "detail oriental" means they pay attention to people from the Orient...???!??!

Thanks for the laugh and the heads up as I am acutally updating and tweaking my resume!

Virginia said...

Okay, Having worked in the same industry, I thing this is great! I have to agree with you these are great observations. Loved it.
-VO

wesleyandbeth said...

As I read this to my family just now and we all laughed....they all agreed you should send this into Readers digest.......it's too funny! and i think they pay you for it! try it!

Leah M said...

That is really hilarious. :)

Lynda said...

Oh my goodness, those are so funny!!