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JTGalt

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TOP 20 RECRUITER PET PEEVES ABOUT RESUMES:
« on: November 07, 2002, 05:34:05 am »
TOP 20 RECRUITER PET PEEVES ABOUT RESUMES:

What recruiters think about the resumes that you send to them.
From - NetTemps - Resume Doctor

# 20 - Burying or Not Including Important Information in the Resume
# 19 - Gaps in Employment
# 18 - Resumes Written in the 1st or 3rd Person
# 17 - No Easy to Follow Summary
# 16 - Pictures, Graphics or URL Links
# 15 - Resumes not sent as a WORD Attachment
# 14 - Poor Font Choice
# 13 - Objectives or Meaningless Introductions
# 12 - Lying or Misleading Information
# 11 - Employer or Industry Information Not Included
# 10 - Personal Info Not Relevant to the Job
# 9 - Candidates Who Apply to Positions They are Unqualified
# 8 - Long Paragraphs
# 7 - Long Resumes
# 6 - Functional Resumes
# 5 - Poor Formatting
# 4 - Incomplete Contact Info
# 3 - Dates Not Included or Inaccurate Dates
# 2 - Too Duty Oriented

TOP 20 RECRUITER PET PEEVES ABOUT RESUMES # 1

For those of you who have waited or emailed me over the last several weeks asking what the Number One complaint among recruiters is about resumes, your wait is no more. Hands down, without a doubt, the NUMBER ONE complaint is Spelling Errors, Typos and Poor Grammar.

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Another reason I am doing all I can to make sure that any  of my dealings with recruiters in the future will be very few.

I can tell you personally that following all this advice exactly does not guarantee that they will even make an effort just to acknowledge that they received your resume.

# 19 - Gaps in Employment
My pet peeve too.
I would have loved to always start a new contract the very next day after one contract ended.
But in real life that very rarely happens, a lot of times because someone spends weeks and months chasing after what turns out to be fake jobs listed by recruiters.
Sorry if a Gap in Employment on a resume is one of your pet peeves.
So people remember, stop creating Gaps on your Resume because you are annoying recruiters.

# 12 - Lying or Misleading Information
Now that is surprising, I have always found this is the natural environment of many recruiters.
Who would have guessed that they get peeved when someone does to them exactly what they do to others.

# 9 - Candidates Who Apply to Positions They are Unqualified for
You know in the past I was always careful about making sure that I did not send my resume for any position that had a requirement that I did not have extensive experience in.
But in many cases I found out that the person that was eventually hired had less experience than I did and many times did not even have any experience in some of the areas required.
I also found that on the positions that I was hired for, many times, what was actually needed for the job was very different from what they had advertised for.





Randy Given

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Re: TOP 20 RECRUITER PET PEEVES ABOUT RESUMES:
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2002, 06:48:12 am »
Why is it not surprising that honesty is #12. Then recruiters wonder why they are perceived as dishonest. Duh.

Gaps? JTGalt is right. Unbelievable.

Most recruiters are cogs and act accordingly. Hang on to the good ones.

Jerry Albright

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I was way ahead on this one!
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2002, 09:00:36 am »
I mentioned weeks ago on Realrates that most resumes have horrible spelling and grammar.  

Not that anyone here stops in there anymore. :)

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Re: TOP 20 RECRUITER PET PEEVES ABOUT RESUMES:
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2002, 09:08:42 am »
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# 19 - Gaps in Employment
My pet peeve too.
I would have loved to always start a new contract the very next day after one contract ended.
But in real life that very rarely happens, a lot of times because someone spends weeks and months chasing after what turns out to be fake jobs listed by recruiters.
Sorry if a Gap in Employment on a resume is one of your pet peeves.
So people remember, stop creating Gaps on your Resume because you are annoying recruiters.


I agree with your choice of pet peeve.

I would add that I've been left dangling for weeks on end before the bork/client finally got back to me with an offer. We then dickered back and forth for a week or two. I guess that this would appear to be a "gap in employment" too.

Why would anyone care about gaps when contracting an IC? Why would anyone care about gaps - period?

In the recent economy, people have been tossed like feathers in the wind, and continuity of employment has been nearly impossible to maintain.

Bottom line...Screening is screening. It doesn't matter who's doing it. (HR, Bork, client) The simple fact is that it's a miracle if a qualified person ends up in a given position.

Hiring is definitely NOT a science, practiced by enlightened staffing experts. The gatekeepers are typically bitter, ill-trained malcontents, who are in dead-end careers.






Randy Given

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Re: I was way ahead on this one!
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2002, 10:02:54 am »
Quote
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Not that anyone here stops in there anymore.
I liken it to soap operas -- you can get a week's worth with one visit and even then, it isn't that great. Another epic dies.

Greg

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Ditto for hiring managers
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2002, 11:23:23 am »
>Screening is screening. It doesn't matter who's doing >it. (HR, Bork, client) The simple fact is that it's a >miracle if a qualified person ends up in a given >position.

 A lot of recruiters complained to me that many clients  are terribly picky sitting for months on unfilled reqs
sifting through hundreds of qualified resumes

>Hiring is definitely NOT a science, practiced by >enlightened staffing experts. The gatekeepers are >typically bitter, ill-trained malcontents

 Even technical people may be simply clueless - good
example is repeated rumblings on RR by some guy
who can't find qualified American J2EE people in the middle of recession :)

pm4hire

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Malcontent! U missed one...
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2002, 11:32:28 am »
how about just plain incompetent.

My $0.02,
Tom Welch

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Endevor vs. Endeavor
« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2002, 11:41:23 am »
Computer Associates has a managment tool named *Endevor*  -- Every time I have my resume checked by a non-technical person, they change it to *endeavor*.  

Spellings are tricky.    Obvious misspellings are *horrible*, but non-technical types can sometimes easily assume a word is spelled incorrectly when, indeed, it is not.

Just an observation ...

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Re: TOP 20 RECRUITER PET PEEVES ABOUT RESUMES:
« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2002, 11:44:33 am »
>># 19 - Gaps in Employment <<

This is my top pet peeve, too.  

IMHO, the only time a gap really matters in today's economy is if the applicant has done *time* or something like that for something illegal.  (and there are other ways, or there should be, to determine that)

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Re: TOP 20 RECRUITER PET PEEVES ABOUT RESUMES:
« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2002, 11:50:45 am »
JT that was great. But you fellas know what, we are missing something here. Those peeves technically should not be our problem. As long as we provide a readable coherent resume to the recruiter its "THEIR" job to format it so it reflects their firm and meet their client's resume requirements.

Isn't the bork working for you? We know they don't but they have to provide some value.

Whenever a bork calls me to change a resume I tell them "you have everything you need to fashion it accordingly to your client's taste". If he gives me grief, I just stick to my guns and tell them "this is your value add for your markup", "its your job", "earn your markup" or things to that extent in a subtle or not so subtle manner depend on the borks tone.....  

I love it when the bork says the client (or particular hiring manager) wants it this way.

Well then mr. bork go to work and show me your value.

Isnt it in the borks best interest to change what is necessary on the resume to best reflect your strengths for the position and help the borks chances of filling the position? I guess not.

I mean come on now they already have the information if a peeve is present they should just correct to save time and send you an email with the corrected excerpt for your approval.

Besides what ever happened to the great bork quote we scan it into our system So if they scan, cut/past or type it into the borkbase dont they format(fix the peeves) it then
So when they have that magical match they just print/email it out and it is ready to go?

Arent those online resume forms(designed to probably filter the peeves)the tool for us to provide the information to the bork in a peeve free way. We fill out those forms and they still ask for the resume. Didnt that information from the online form just go into the borkbase anyway? Isnt that is what you are going to do with my regular resume anyway?

As you all know and experienced that most borks are just lazy flesh peddling resume flippers

/JS

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Oneders
« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2002, 11:53:52 am »
Reminds me of the movie "That Thing You Do" where the band name is Oneders, which people pronounce oh-nee-ders (it should be one-ders).

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"Gaps in Employment"...
« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2002, 01:31:29 pm »
CLANG CLANG CLANG CLANG! CLANG CLANG CLANG CLANG!CLANG CLANG CLANG CLANG!CLANG CLANG CLANG CLANG!

APPLICANT UNQUALIFIED!

LOSER!

DUMBASS!

STUPID OLD FART NOT DESERVING A JOB!

HAS COOTIES!

SUCKS ASS!

HAS EMPLOYMENT GAPS!

He was not continuously employed as the Almighty intended.

Conform to our expectations! Or else!
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codger

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Re: "Gaps in Employment"...
« Reply #12 on: November 07, 2002, 01:52:54 pm »
You've nailed it!!!



JTGalt

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You Must Conform
« Reply #13 on: November 07, 2002, 02:09:55 pm »
I'm taking names whenever I come across those drones that spout that type of nonsense.

I hope you will have a list too that we can combine when payback time comes.

It will make it so much sweeter.


prganalyst

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Re: Oneders
« Reply #14 on: November 07, 2002, 04:57:50 pm »
>which people pronounce oh-nee-ders (it should be one-ders). <


and spelled:   Wonders    :)

don't know the band,


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