/ Asked by Akshay
What are some resume red flags?
Answered by Jessica, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, March 20, 2013
In college recruiting, I typically assume that if a student does not include their GPA on their resume, it does not meet our requirements which would be 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.
Answered by Emily, Hiring Expert at Fifth Third Bank, on Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Some resume red flags are aboslutely typos and grammatical errors. It seems basic but you would be surprised.


Additional red flags would include not listing dates of employment - recruiters are typically looking for a steady history of employment and if the dates aren't listed they might assume the worst.


Listing a degree that you do not have is a red flag - it can't often be determined until an interview or background check but it could mean losing the job offer.       


  
Answered by Deanna, Hiring Expert at IBM Corporation, on Thursday, March 21, 2013
Incorrect spelling and grammar stand out.  Even with spell-check, it is surprising how often mis-spelled words still slip through.  I encourage you to very carefully read through your resume - twice.  Then ask someone else to as well!

Another red flag is gaps in experience or school that are not explained.  It is better to comment on gaps, even recognizing time off, than to leave the time unexplained. 

Lastly, not including gpa raises a flag.  If gpa is not included, then the common presumption is that it is low.  And maybe that is why a candidate would leave it off the resume.  But my opinion is to go ahead and communicate the facts, letting the hiring party evaluate you as a candidate with all of the information.
Answered by Nicole, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Your resume is your first impression so you want to make it a great one. Resume red flags for me are misspelled words, grammatical errors and missing dates of employment. If you leave out dates I automatically think you are trying to hide something so it is always best to include them. If a resume is not neat and concise I tend to think you may not have the best writing, proofreading or computer skills. It is always best to keep your resume simple and straightforward, be honest and make sure to proofread, proofread, proofread!
Answered by Eddie, Hiring Expert at American Express, on Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Grammar, spelling and formatting issues are large red flags. This is easily interpreted as carelessness, not taking the job search process seriously or issues when it comes to attention to detail. This in many ways is our first impression of you and you want to ensure you put your best foot forward. Do not be afraid to have somebody you trust review the resume and provide feedback prior to sending it out.

I would also call out gaps in experience as being a 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 this in a cover letter so that the individual reviewing the resume has the full context.

Last, I would say a flag is a resume that fails to show achieved outcomes or results. It is important for you to demonstrate how your actions led to something tangible. It is also important to call out what YOU did versus what a team you were on did.
Answered by Jillian, Hiring Expert at DuPont, on Wednesday, April 3, 2013
I work in the campus recruiting space and there are some definite red flags that stick out for us.
 
Most companies will have minimum requirements that help to narrow down the large pool of applicants they receive.  If your GPA is not listed on your resume we will assume that you probably don’t want to share what it is.
 
Also, I find that 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. 
 
Last but not least, make sure your email address is work appropriate.  Stick with your school email address or a very simple option.  Be sure to spell check everything and double check your phone number.  If we can’t get in touch with you we can’t get you scheduled for an interview.
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