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Four things that can send your resume

By CHARLES PURDY Monster Senior Editor

You may be the perfect fi t for a job — but a hiring manager is never going to fi nd that out if he trashes your re- sume after a mere glance. Even in this age of online professional networking, a great resume is still the foundation of a successful job search. It’s common knowledge that spell-

ing errors and grammatical bloopers are trash triggers (and these simple mistakes top many recruiters’ lists of resume pet peeves). But is there any- thing else that job seekers are unwit- tingly doing wrong? We asked some recruiting managers and career experts about the resume errors that cause them to crumple and toss a resume at fi rst look — and some of their answers may surprise you.

formatted Looks matter. Career expert Abby

Kohut lists misaligned indentations and double spaces as a couple of the things that make a resume start to look like it belongs in the garbage. The fi x? Use tabs for indents, and search your document for stray double spaces. Also beware of being too creative.

“I don’t like it when I receive resumes with funky fonts,” says Mona Abdel- Halim, co-founder of the Web-based resume tool Resunate, who echoed other experts. “It is not professional and it makes the resume harder to read.” When choosing resume fonts, opt ones that are widely used and readable, such as Calibri or Arial, and use no more than two fonts with their associated bold and italic styles.

1. Your resume is badly ture

2. Your resume is imma- Other hiring managers we talked

to said they had immediately trashed resumes with pictures on them — for example, of cartoon character Bart Simpson (in the case of one applicant for a technical writing job) or of a kit- ten (an applicant for a customer ser- vice job). Cute resume additions like these are for kids — not professionals.

templated Longtime recruiter Mike Monroe

says that unaltered, familiar resume templates from word-processing pro- grams annoy him. “This won’t auto- matically put you in the trash, but it tells me that you have put less thought into your resume than your competi- tion,” he says. Jessica Campbell, an HR manager for talent agency, says one of her pet peeves is “when a candidate has used a template resume,” but hasn’t updated it before sending it. (And if you use Word’s Track Changes feature to edit your resume, make sure to ac- cept all changes in the fi nal version be- fore submitting it.) To prevent your resume from end- ing up in the trash for this reason, cus- tomize your resume for each job you apply for using the language of the job ad and highlighting your most rel- evant experience. “When the resume is not tailored

to the position, it shows you don’t re- ally understand what the employer is looking for and are just hoping your resume fi ts some of the criteria,” says career expert Heather Huhman, au-

3. Your resume is too

thor of “Lies, Damned Lies & Intern- ships: The Truth About Getting from Classroom to Cubicle.” “To avoid this mistake, show the

employer how you fi t those [criteria] through your previous experience, skills and expertise.”

4. Your resume is sneaky Kohut says she immediately dis-

trusts people whose resumes have no dates on them. “Gaps are not a prob- lem,” she says. “The problem is when you try to be deceptive.” David S. Williams, founder and

CEO of salary consultancy Spring- Raise, agrees, saying that if you are or have been unemployed, don’t try to hide it. “You may be doing yourself a disservice because you may be a strong candidate for a position, but you tried to hide your current status,” he says. A better tactic is to be straightfor-

ward on your resume, and then use your cover letter to tell the story of your career’s progress — including information about how you maxi- mized your time away from the 9-to-5 routine. And do remember to write a cover letter — not doing so is another guaranteed way to get your resume thrown into the trash, according to the experts.

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