This Is Why Hiring Managers Hate Your Resume

Don't annoy the gatekeepers.

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Hiring managers don't have the time to sift through substandard resumes. Make any of these mistakes and you're out.

Irene McConnell
3 min read

You’ve heard the well-worn fact that your resume only gets about 5 – 20 seconds of attention from hiring managers. How has this knowledge changed your approach to writing your own resume?

Have you sat down to go through your resume with a fine tooth comb, deciding whether every single word and section on your resume has a clear purpose?

Don’t worry, most people haven’t. Which is why this post will give you a considerable advantage over other candidates.

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Here’s are the top ways jobseekers ruin their chances – avoid them at all costs.


Including A Photograph.

In Australia, including your photograph is completely and utterly unnecessary.

The only reason you would do so, is if you’re an actor or model and a certain ‘look’ is required (and even in that case, you probably wouldn’t be submitting your typical CV).

(Related Article: Here’s A Resume Which Will Pass Any ATS Test).

If you are hoping that your professional good looks will get you an interview, they most likely will only get you a few laughs going around the recruiter’s office.

I know, because I’ve seen it happen. Don’t have it happen to you.


Including A DOB, Marital Status Or Religious Beliefs.

Again, unnecessary.

You don’t want your age or religious dispositions to influence recruiters. You want to ensure that you do not include any information that could have someone discriminate against you.


Stuffing In Irrelevant Experience.

If you’re applying for an IT role and you’ve spent 5 years working in retail while you were in university, leave it off.

If you’re in Public Relations and you’ve helped develop a stock management system years ago another lifetime ago, leave it off.

(Related Article: The Smart Way To Deal With Recruiters.)

Although a great achievement, it will take up space on your resume that could be devoted to something PR related that matters to the reader, and will have the reader question what the relevancy is.

If a question comes up in an interview around your greatest achievement unrelated to your job, save it until then.


Writing Achievements Which Aren’t Achievements.

You may be proud of the fact that you got a high HSC mark (or the equivalent final year at high school mark) however this is a) no longer relevant and b) not actually an achievement in the way that they’re meant to be used on a resume.

Achievements must be related to the roles you’ve been in i.e. ways in which you’ve positively contributed to the businesses you work in, voluntary work, and you could stretch it to a professional-esque type hobby (for example, you’ve been sprinting professionally for years, and have just won an olympic bronze medal).


Including An Unprofessional Email Address.

We all have an email address that we created way back when the internet was brand new and we had chat names and nicknames like littlelucy80.

Then you signed up for a hotmail account, and have been using it ever since. Well, it’s time for a new one!

Ensure your new email either originates from your internet service provider or is one that is linked to Google.

An inappropriate email address will have you get the wrong sort of attention – the type that you don’t want!


Including An Objective Statement.

Objective statements are so 1990’s.

Now in the 21st century, it works better to use a ‘Professional Profile’ or a ‘Personal Profile’ section.

Employers don’t care much about what it is that you want (but can use it against you if you’ve forgotten to change it from the last role that you applied for).

(Related Article: How To Choose The Best Resume Writer).

Tell them what you can do for them. Tell them about your experience, qualifications and skills – those which are of interest to them. Explain how you believe you’re a match for the role, and why they should bother to continue reading your resume.

THEN with the rest of your resume, you can launch into using achievements as supporting evidence for your introductory paragraph.

Fix the above issues and you’ll have a resume which hiring managers love.

– Irene

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