HR Strange But True!
August 18, 2010
With the unemployment rate still high, one would expect eager jobseekers to pay special attention when they are revamping their résumés. While it’s understandable that applicants want to stand out, these methods may have been memorable, but they killed the applicant's chance of being hired.  

Forbes asked readers to send in résumé horror stories and compiled a list of résumé mistakes should be avoided at all costs, including:

  • Risqué résumés. Including photographs with résumés is generally unnecessary and will only be a distraction, especially if they are risqué. One hiring manager reported to Forbes they had received a racy photo of a job applicant.
  • Inappropriate e-mails. Using an inappropriate e-mail, like hotgirl123, can make you look unprofessional.
  • OMG why are there so many abbreviations! Forbes lists abbreviations as one of their "résumé don’ts."
  • Colorful résumés. Whether it’s colorful paper or fancy cursive, résumés are generally better off in standard format and on white paper.
  • And lastly, hit spell check before you hit send! Résumés with incorrect spelling can lead to embarrassing mistakes.

Have you ever encountered a résumé that could be on this list? Submit your “résumé don’t,” or any other HR strange but true story, and it could be highlighted in the next HRSBT column! [Submissions can be anonymous.]



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