What not to put on your resume : Pay attention to what you write!


Jon Schultz-Executive Recruiter

Is your resume keeping you from getting an interview for employment at Allstate, Wrigley and Hewitt?


It's tough enough in this job market to get an  interview. Don't let it hold you back from meeting with a hiring manager by sending in your paperwork filled with typos and phrases that just don't make any sense.  Never send out anything without reading it out loud to yourself and having someone else take a look at it.


You'd be amazed at what recruiters say comes across their desk.  By using spell check most of the typos are corrected, but sometimes they are replaced with words that don't belong in a sentence like the word tried and tired; often misused.  One cover letter I received read, "I tired to change the department I worked in by instituting a new dress code." The word should have been tried.


Frankly, I don't like either word in the sentence, but at least use terms in the proper context.  Jon Schultz. Managing Director at Peregrine Group, LLC (www.peregrinegroupllc.com), an experienced recruiter who has seen some major mistakes over the years and I had some great laughs over some of the dumbest things said on a resume .


Here's his list of the top 5 dumbest things seen on a resume/cover letter:


  1. It's best that I not work with people.
  2. Bilingual in Spanish and American.
  3. Please do not be concerned by the fact I have had nine jobs in eight years as I have never quit a job.
  4. Personally ran two failed financial institutions.
  5. Seeking a salary commiserate with my experience. 

These are pretty funny, but the one comment Jon had that still has me laughing is feedback from a hiring manager when asked about a candidate after an interview.  They said, "We cannot recall meeting him."


How do you do so poorly in an interview that someone doesn't even remember meeting you?  Actually, this probably happens with more frequency than not with companies interviewing more candidates than they need to fill a few jobs.


My advice when redoing your profile is to get some help from a career coach that can work with you on putting together a concise resume and cover letter that reflects what your skills and experience are.  Too often we just use the same old information from previous jobs without even thinking about what we offer and how we add value to a company.


Jon Schultz also said that when interviewing you should reveal what your current compensation is including base and bonus.  One of his pet peeves is when he is interviewing a candidate and they refuse to give him their compensation.  As he says, "This doesn't help me help you." Hiring managers and recruiters need to know what your compensation is so they are not wasting your time and the company's.


The Peregrine Group is a boutique executive search firm that specializes in real estate and finance with clients ranging from growth-orientated entrepreneurs and developers to institutional investors, global consulting firms, advisors, third-party service providers, and REITs. 


If you are an experienced candidate in any of the above sectors contact John Schultz, jschultz@peregrinellc.comMake sure you have a well thought out resume or you may end up on his next list of "dumb things on resumes!"


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