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A professional resume is critical in today’s ever-changing competitive job market. Having one will make all the difference when it comes to your job-hunting success, regardless if you are a new grad or an experienced business executive.

There are a number of complaints that HR professionals and hiring managers have on the resumes they receive, but these five are right at the top of their list.

 1.   There is no indications of matrices /measurable success that are exhibited on your resume.


  • Increased revenue by 35%
 or $625,000 in 1 year
  • Managed a team of 5 Direct Reports for two years
  • Reached 110% of target goal within 6 months

2.   (If using one), The “Objective” is too boring and predictable 

An objective is used to capture what makes “you” what the hiring manger needs or is looking for. Many resumes include clichéd expressions such as “seeking to secure a position…” or “…opportunities for advancement.” These resumes tend to get thrown out by hiring managers, because it is not about what you want, but about presenting what companies want.

3.   Industry buzzwords are missing

Be specific and use the terms that are frequently used in your industry to make that your resume stands out for key word search and direct submission purposes.

4.   Resume is written in non-traditional fonts

According to HR executives the most acceptable fonts for resumes are:

  • Times New Roman
  • Ariel
  • Calibri

If your resume is written in a non-traditional font then change it to one that is most acceptable. HR and hiring managers want to see that you can mold to their business culture. If you have a non-traditional font on your resume, they will assume that you will be too unconventional for them in the long run.

5.   The employment history goes back over 20 years

Even the more seasoned professional should only share at the most only the last 20 years of your employment history. Going beyond 20 years just adds additional content that could be reserved for sharing during an interview.

 6.    Unexplained “Job Hops” or “Career Moves”

Why hire an employee with five different jobs in six years, when you can hire someone with proven skills through growth at the same company? Moving from one job to the next tells employers that you may not stick around when things get rough.

If your career history looks questionable – explain it on the resume.

In summary, use your resume as a tool to spark the interest of hiring managers, and if your resume holds even one of the above gaffes then edit accordingly.

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