Top 5 Resume Red Flags

In Job Search
November 18, 2016

Resume Red Flags

The internet is full of wonderful material that is geared towards helping job-seekers craft the perfect resumé. After all, your resumé should be a reflection of who you are, and help differentiate you from the rest of the applicants. This information is highly useful and should be taken advantage of, because a bad resumé can quickly eliminate you from the competition, even if you are highly qualified.

While your resumé may be filled with information that you are supposed to have, you may still be including things that set off red flags for potential employers. In the following article, we have detailed some of the most common — and easy to avoid — mistakes that people make when crafting their resumé. Make sure to eliminate these things, and give yourself the best possible chance to score your dream job.

Top 5 Resume Red Flags:

1. Unexplained Gaps in Employment

With the ever-changing economy, and increased competition for open positions, it is almost inevitable that everyone will have a gap or two in their employment history. However, hiring managers do make note of these gaps, and it may raise questions.

So if you have a gap that is longer than a few months, make sure to include a brief explanation in your cover letter, and expand upon that explanation in person, if asked. You don’t want to eliminate yourself by raising concern about something that may be easily explainable. And remember, keep it positive!

2. Careless Mistakes

Nothing will turn off a potential employer more quickly than careless mistakes on your resumé. You may have followed every resumé tip and trick you could find, but that can be completely undermined by careless mistakes. The most common mistakes are poor grammar, bad English, and not enough attention to detail.

When you update your resumé, take the time to ensure that the new information matches the rest of the content. Verb tense, formatting, font and style all need to remain consistent. A sloppy resumé that doesn’t look proof-read will surely put you at the bottom of the pile.

3. A Lack of Professionalism

This may seem like common sense — and we hope it is — but it is very important to make sure that every aspect of your resumé portrays you as a respectful professional. One of the most common ways to eliminate yourself is to have an unprofessional email address listed.

While there may have been a time in your life where you were indeed the ‘Halo King of LA’ it shouldn’t be in your email — nor on your resumé. Making sure that you write in a professional way will also paint you in a positive light. Being too casual could end up costing you.

4. Ambiguous Language

When a hiring manager takes the time to review your resumé, they want to know exactly what you’ve done and what your skillset is. If you phrase things in such a way that leaves them wondering, you may have already eliminated yourself. Vague descriptions of responsibilities raise red flags as to the degree to which you were responsible.

Did you “lead” a group that helped reduce costs by 25%, or did you “participate in” that group? Vague wording may lead hiring managers to assume that you’re trying to disguise a lack of experience in a certain area, which may hurt your chances of getting an interview.

5. An Un-Tailored Resume

It’s undoubtedly an extra step to take, but taking the time to tailor your materials to the job you’re applying for is very important in setting yourself apart. A general cover letter that states your qualifications may undermine your credibility before they even reach your resumé. Taking the time to match your resumé and cover letter to the skills and requirements of the job you are applying for will demonstrate that you are serious about the position. Explain why you would be a good fit, based on what they are looking for. Take specific examples from your work history, and use them to strengthen your credibility.

If you take the time to audit your resumé and make sure that it doesn’t include any of these red flags, then you’ll undoubtedly have helped put your best foot forward in your job search. We know that finding a great job (or any job) can be difficult, and you wouldn’t want to lose out on your dream hospital or medical job due to such easily correctable mistakes. If you’re just getting started on your medical resumé, make sure to check out our resumé guide where we help you discern between and decide on the best font, format, skills and more!

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