5 Executive Resume Pet Peeves from Hiring-Decision Makers

Last week/earlier this week we covered “5 Executive Interview Pet Peeves from Hiring-Decision Makers.” Now we will cover executive resume pet peeves.

Don’t forget that you are creating a resume for an executive level position, so while some of these mistakes may be common, many hiring-decision makers are less forgiving.

Top Resume Pet Peeves

Resume has spelling and grammatical errors

Spelling and grammatical errors are always a red flag for hiring-decision makers. Your resume is your first impression, and if you don’t give it a thorough look over and proper care, then why should hiring managers believe you will be thorough and careful in your work? One error on the resume could cause someone to pass, despite your remarkable experience.

Resume has too much information

Many people struggle finding that resume sweet spot. Your resume should have accurate, verifiable content, but it must also be concise and readable. Don’t write long paragraphs. Instead, opt for bullet points, or add more paragraph breaks. Recruiters and hiring managers read dozens of resumes every day, so they are looking for content that they can easily scan.

Contact details are non-existent

Make sure you list your phone number. The hiring process can sometimes be swift, so many recruiters and hiring managers prefer to communicate initially by phone. If you don’t list a phone number on your resume, you may be passed over for another candidate.

Make sure your email address is appropriate. Do not use that college email address that you’ve had for years. We suggest using something like FirstName.Lastname@email.com.

Here are some examples of bad email addresses:

· Kittylover1983@email.com
· YankeesFan4Ever@email.com
· INeedaJ0B@email.com

Resume lacks results

You should highlight the results you have obtained, your accomplishments, and the value you have added to previous employers. You should provide accurate metrics of these results and accomplishments.
Some examples of relevant metrics are:
· Sales volume
· Size of teams led
· Amount of money you’ve saved previous employers
· Number of people you’ve hired
· Results of revenue-generation projects or initiatives
· Results of process-improvement

Resume file name is Resume.doc or Resume.pdf

Your resume was amazing and the hiring manager thought you were a fantastic candidate. They remember your name was John but they misplaced your resume so they need to print it out again.
How will the hiring manager ever find you again if you named your resume file “Resume.doc?”
We suggest using your name in the file and the date when it was submitted. For example. JohnDoeResumeMay30.doc.

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