RESUMES GONE WILD
How Not to Make a First Impression
Human resources professionalshave limited time and attention to review job resumes. According to an August 24, 2018 nationwide CareerBuilder survey of more than 1,100 industry-wide hiring managers and HR professionals, the majority spend less than a minute looking over the typical offering.
According to the survey,job-seekers thus eager to stand out from the crowd have ill-advisedly submitted resumes:
* With every sentence typed in a different font type;
* Comprised of a single sentence;
* Claiming to have had the same number of marriages as prior jobs;
* Listing 40 different jobs in one year;
* Consisting of a credit application; and
* Asserting the same employment dates for every job listed
The surveyed professionalsidentified three common resume errors/deal breakers: (i) spelling mistakes or bad grammar (77 percent); (ii) inappropriate email address (35 percent); and (iii) no mention of quantifiable results (34 percent).
All joking aside,hiring managers must avoid making mistakes during the job application process such as:
* Photographing the job applicant;
* Requesting a social security number by mail;
* Obtaining information concerning sex, gender, gender identity or gender expression;
* Asking for salary or criminal history; or
* Requesting social media account access (i.e. username or password).
See also:* California*s Ban Clarified on Applicant Salary History (August, 2018)
* Private or Social? (August, 2018)
* California Adopts Ban the Box Law (October, 2017)
* Asking for Job Applicants Age is a NO-NO (August,2017)
For more information,please contact one of our attorneys Tim Bowles, Cindy Bamforth or Helena Kobrin.
Cindy BamforthOctober 3, 2018
Additional resources provided by the author
- CareerBuilder survey
- Photographing the job applicant
- Requesting a social security number by mail
- Obtaining information concerning sex, gender, gender identity or gender expression
- Asking for salary or criminal history;
- Requesting social media account access (i.e. username or password)
- California’s Ban Clarified on Applicant Salary History
- Private or Social?
- California Adopts Ban the Box Law
- Asking for Job Applicants Age is a NO-NO
- Tim Bowles
- Cindy Bamforth
- Helena Kobrin