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It seems like there are a million different types of résumés out there. While format may be different, the red flags seem to be consistent. Below is a list of items to be mindful of when making your next hiring decision.
- Misspelled words – including grammar. This tells me the candidate doesn’t pay attention to detail and is careless. The look of a résumé is a telltale sign of how a candidate may perform on the job.
- More than 2 pages. A résumé should be short and easy for you to read – because you’re busy! Key accomplishments and experience should be highlighted and simple to find. An entry-level candidate should have a one-page résumé; a two-page résumé is appropriate for individuals with six or more years of experience.
- Significant gaps in employment. The economy is on the up-tick; there is usually a reason why someone isn’t finding employment for extensive periods of time.
- More than 3 jobs in the last 5 years. Is this person a job hopper? Are they finicky? Chances are if they’ve done this before, they’ll do it again. Unless there is a compelling reason, proceed with caution.
- Career path/industry change. If a candidate was once a sales director and is now a cook, more than likely they had some sort of life changing event that wasn’t for the better.
- Backward progression. If someone was once a vice president and is now a manager, you should question why the step back. Most people move up, not down.