When 76 percent of executives say that one or two typos on a résumé can be enough to remove a candidate from consideration for a job, a jobseeker who included “my work ethics are impeachable” has probably sealed his or her fate.
That's actually one of the many egregious résumé errors that a recent survey by Accountemps uncovered.
The staffing firm conducted a survey that found that 40 percent of executives say it only takes one mistake on a résumé to rule a candidate out for a job. Another 36 percent of respondents said it takes two errors.
Fourteen percent of respondents said it would take 3 mistakes to remove a candidate from consideration, compared with 7 percent who said it took 4 or more mistakes.
Here are the other flagrant mistakes uncovered by the survey:
- "Hope to hear from you, shorty."
- "Have a keen eye for derail."
- "Dear Sir or Madman."
- "I'm attacking my résumé for you to review."
- "I am a rabid typist."
- "My work ethics are impeachable."
- "Nervous of steel."
- "Following is a grief overview of my skills."
- "GPA: 34.0"
Got some of your own? Let us know about them and we'll use the best (or, in this case, the worst) in a future column.