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Believe it or not resume gaffes

Unlike many large companies who use automated resume screeners, we here at Oggi do not. Each resume submitted to our team is individually evaluated by a real person. Most pass muster but from time to time a resume will include amateur, deplorable and even annoying gaffes.

I polled our team of Oggi Pros and asked them their resume pet peeves. Below is a quick synopsis of their responses. Believe it or not…we’ve seen them all.

Formatting

Inconsistent formatting automatically scratches “attention to detail” off of your list of strengths.

1.  Fonts, bullet points, spacing indentation, etc. should all be uniform. An effective layout is crucial for hiring managers, recruiters, etc. to find what they are looking for quickly.

2.  Each role should be listed in chronological order by date and should include the months/years for both your start and end dates for each role.

Missing or too much information

1.  Location Commute is a key factor for the majority of job seekers. When you leave your address off of your resume you will get calls on roles that you would never accept simply because it’s on the wrong side of town. At a minimum you should include your city and state to avoid a call that is a waste of your time.

2.  No contact information We are as shocked as you are that this happens. If you want a shot at a role it’s critical to include your phone number and email address – for obvious reasons.

3.  Systems knowledge

a.  Be sure to list all major systems you have experience with. (SAP, Oracle, Microsoft Dynamics, etc.)

b.  Unless the job description specifically requires knowledge of software included in the Microsoft Office Suite, a telephone system, search engines or other office machinery like a copier of a fax machine, you can leave them off the list. It’s assumed you’d have basic software knowledge.

Abbreviations

You’ll look like a Sr. Ass. if that’s how you abbreviate Senior Associate. You should always include the long form of an abbreviation, followed in parenthesis by the abbreviation or acronym, unless space is an issue. Once you’ve done that you can use the abbreviation throughout the rest of the document.

Here are a couple abbreviation blunders we’ve seen:

1.  Using the @ symbol to replace the word at.

2.  Corporate abbreviations (and other lingo) – nobody outside of that organization knows what you are talking about.

Resume tips for dummies
I know it will be hard to believe but our Oggi Pros have seen these resume gaffes cross their desks a time or two.

1.  Misspelled words are unacceptable and the worst. THE WORST. Use spell check then proof read TWICE yourself and at least once by a detail oriented friend(s).

2.  Just say no to head shots Simply from a formatting perspective using a headshot as a graphic element can be difficult to pull off on paper resume. Reserve the headshot for your LinkedIn profile.

3.  Hobbies & Personal Interests  Just like your headshot, hobbies and personal interests should be left to your LinkedIn profile rather than on your resume.

4.  Nicknames Your resume should convey professionalism and your name is your brand. A nickname can make you sound young and/or inexperienced. So if your name is Nicholas but you’ve always gone by Nicky, use your given name in a professional setting.

5.  Past Tense Use the proper grammatical tense for tasks you’ve performed in the past. For example in past roles: ‘Ensure timely filing of financial statements and regulatory reports’ should be ‘Ensured timely filing of financial statements and regulatory reports.’

6.  OMG! Never ever use text or social media lingo (OMG, LOL, J/K etc.) in any of your job correspondences. This includes your resume, cover letter, email inquiries, thank you notes, etc.

If your resume is suffering from any of these mistakes it will likely get it tossed in the shredder. Don’t let that happen! Clean it up and get hired today.