This week Free Resume Builder reached out to our network of hiring managers to ask the following question: Are there any serious deal breakers that might cause you to reject an otherwise excellent resume? Here’s how they responded.
“Of course. Any signs that suggest a candidate might be unstable—emotionally or mentally—are complete red flags. We can’t knowingly hire a candidate who, for example, has anger issues. And if we see signs of these issues in the wording of a resume or cover letter, we keep looking.”
“We don’t interview candidates who can’t spell or can’t grasp the basic rules of grammar. Not every employee has to be a brilliant writer, but we have minimum cut-offs, and if they aren’t met, we can’t move forward.”
“We like candidates who know how to use basic resume formatting tools and document software. We don’t need each resume to be a work of art, but if it’s written in crayon or typed on a typewriter, we can’t really take it seriously.”
“We like resilient candidates who own their mistakes and “bad” decisions. As far as we’re concerned, there are no bad decisions—as long as you learned something from them. If you submit a resume to our company, be prepared to own and openly discuss your firings, your long employment gaps, your failures, or anything else that you can use to tell us about the kind of person you are.”
“We can’t accept a resume that goes on for pages and pages. The soul of strong communication lies in brevity and the ability to target the main points of a message. No matter how experienced you are or how many years you’ve spent in the professional world, you can find a way to convey your background in two pages or fewer.”