Does Your Resume Have These Red Flags?


The job market is tough.

Regardless of your field, there are common resume and interview mistakes being made by job-seekers across the board.

Top technology talent may be in high demand, but even the most ???? candidate can make these mistakes when applying for a new role.

In a survey conducted by staffing firm Robert Half Technology, CIOs shared what they consider to be deal breakers when evaluating candidates for open roles.

Technology executives said the biggest resume red flags are frequent job hopping (43 per cent); too much unnecessary information (19 per cent); and not providing enough context around prior experience (18 per cent).

Making it to the interview stage comes with its own set of potential pitfalls.

The biggest blunder is speaking negatively about past employers or managers (27 per cent), followed by poor body language (23 per cent) and ineffective explanation of their career history (21 per cent), according to CIOs.

Here are the numbers.

No clear understanding of the business is also a snafu (12 per cent), along with being unprepared for technical questions (12 per cent) and unprofessional dress (4 per cent).

“To get the attention of potential employers, technology candidates must be able to demonstrate how their unique expertise will provide value to the business from day-one,” said a district director for Robert Half Technology, Deborah Bottineau.

“By customizing resumes to highlight specific skills related to the open position, and preparing to discuss tangible professional contributions and experiences in the interview, candidates will stand out for their competence and enthusiasm for the role.”

Bottineau added that while frequent job moves may be more common in today’s technology workforce, some employers are wary of investing time and resources in hiring applicants who may not stick around.

“If you’re changing roles often, be prepared to show how the variety of positions augment your skillset and make you an ideal candidate for long-term success at the company.”

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