Your resume is often your first impression, make sure it’s a good one! While it can be tempting to avoid what might be a blemish on your record, that can be a serious red flag to a potential employer. Let’s hear from our experts about some red flags on resumes and how to avoid them.
#1 No GPA
Jessica, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, shares, “In college recruiting, I typically assume that if a student does not include their GPA on their resume, it does not meet our requirements. Not including it is a red flag. I’ve found that’s not always the case; therefore, if your GPA meets the requirements of the program you’re applying for, always make sure to include it.” More from Jessica
#2 Careless Errors
Eddie, Hiring Expert at American Express, says, “Grammar, spelling, and formatting issues are large red flags. This is easily interpreted as carelessness, not taking the job search seriously or issues paying attention to detail. This, in many ways, is our first impression of you. You want to ensure you put your best foot forward. Do not be afraid to ask somebody you trust to review the resume and provide feedback prior to sending it out.” More from Eddie
#3 Experience Gaps
Eddie, Hiring Expert at American Express, adds, “Gaps in work or school experience are also a red flag. Often times, there are valid reasons for these gaps. However, the employer can easily begin to make assumptions you would otherwise not want them to. If there are gaps, you should always plan on addressing them in a cover letter so that the individual reviewing the resume has the full context.” More from Eddie
#4 Wrong Resume
Jillian, Hiring Expert at DuPont, shares, “I find that some students have a ‘stock’ resume that they use for applying to multiple positions at multiple companies. When this happens, be sure to change your objective/summary to match the position you are applying for. A red flag for me is when I receive a resume for an accounting position and their objective reads they are looking for a challenging experience in a sales and marketing role. Make sure you send the correct version of your resume!” More from Jillian
#5 Exaggerated Claims
Carrie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., says, “Only include information on your resume that can be backed up with examples of work experience and successes and also verified in a reference/background check...Be smart about listing information that is verifiable and that you can speak to if asked. Don’t ever lie on your resume or application. At some point, the truth comes out, and while the truth may not have been bad enough to prevent you being hired, lying will certainly cost you the job if/when it’s discovered.” More from Carrie
It’s always best to be honest! Craft your resume to highlight achieved outcomes and results that demonstrate how your actions led to something tangible. Highlight your individual input and not just the accomplishments of your team. After all, your resume is a potential employer’s introduction to you, it should show them all the ways you’ll be a great asset to their company!