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Having a great resume is the first step towards your desired job. It’s the first impression that your future employer will make about you and as you know - the first impression is the most important and it’s impossible to change it. Thus nobody wants their resume thrown away or to lose the opportunity just because of it.

Well, creating an impeccable resume is not an easy job, but simplicity, proofreading, personalization and clear information are some of the main points with which you can never go wrong for any position. But let’s see what hiring managers have to say about that - one Reddit user started a discussion online asking hiring managers online what were the things that they have spotted in resumes and immediately had to throw them away. Well, take notes and make sure to not do these things.

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#1

28 Hiring Managers Share What Makes A Resume Immediately Worthless To Them Mentioning Jesus (in a cover letter). You might think I'm kidding, but it happened. The applicant was telling a bit about herself (fine) and mentioned how she was involved in her church (fine). But then she said how Jesus is her lord and savior. I'm fine with someone having strong religious convictions, but when you're applying for a non-religious job, it's not appropriate to put it in your cover letter. To me, it tells me that you're not able to separate religion from work. It also makes me wonder if this will be the gal at the water cooler preaching to others. Also, and maybe I'm biased, it immediately makes me think that you think you're better than others, especially us lowly heathens.

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2 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am a Christian and it would make me think twice about hiring someone. If I were in a position of responsibility, I would not want someone making other people feel uncomfortable by forcing their religion on them. If you want to make people ask what motivates you, be nice, be kind, be honest, and go out of the way to help others whether or not they are a part of your social/religious/political group. People do notice. And some people ask.

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28 Hiring Managers Share What Makes A Resume Immediately Worthless To Them Former hiring manager here. I tossed MULTIPLE resumes that used text message abbreviations throughout the resume and cover letter and one that included emojis. While you can do pretty much anything from your phone- it doesn’t mean you should.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank you for doing that, even though I'm not one that has to hire or fire people. If you can't use proper language on a resume, I have no hope for you to be able to do the actual job.

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28 Hiring Managers Share What Makes A Resume Immediately Worthless To Them On a more lightweight tone than most of the other comments:

I once received an application from a man in in 60s. Solid CV, lots of experience.

In his covering letter he wrote "I'm applying because the Job Centre asked me to. Please note that I intend to retire in 6 months time".

We had a good laugh, then sent him a very polite rejection letter and wished him a great retirement.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Reminds me of a gentleman that had to quit his job due to stress and depression caused by the job, the job centre told him to just apply for jobs that had caused the stress and depression, they didn't want to help at all.

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Bored Panda got in touch with Charnay Horton, who is the CEO of Resume Addict and she kindly agreed to share her professional insights and tips that everyone must know when creating their resumes!

“The ultimate goal is to match what keywords and qualifications are in the job description,” she notes. “The hiring manager is looking to solve a problem in their department. The goal of the resume is to showcase how you can solve their problem.”

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28 Hiring Managers Share What Makes A Resume Immediately Worthless To Them It’s been a long time but I used to do hiring for a cinema. Staff were often young, for many it was a first job, making popcorn and selling tickets type of gig.

I would not pursue anything where parents came in with a CV for their teenager or if parents were contacting me on behalf of their teen. Big red flag. Either their kid didn’t want he job in the first place or they’re incapable of taking initiative and it doesn’t bode well for how they’d be as an employee.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

One time I was sent to a job fair to recruit new grads. The positions we were giving for were highly paid tech positions. We were giving interviews on the spot. Easy interviews to make the New grads feel comfortable. Or biggest problem? Their parents would answer questions for them, ask for our numbers, and demand to get a callback time. Uh, never. A parent doing that resulted in us stamping a little red flag on the resume for later disposal.

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#5

28 Hiring Managers Share What Makes A Resume Immediately Worthless To Them Typos, especially with homophones which don’t usually get flagged by Microsoft Word. I’d love to be forgiving with the English language because it’s hard to be perfect even for native speakers.

However, I hire for library positions. When librarians catalog materials, switched letters or numbers may lose a book in the system entirely. Mixing up homophones may mean a patron can’t find the book they need. Librarians proofread manual catalog categories to catch errors and then catch more errors in practice. “Pobody’s nerfect” and all, but the résumé shows me how a person pays attention to these details at their very best with all the time they could possibly need. If there are mistakes, and that’s their absolute best, it’s probably not a fit.

That said, if I can excuse an error in a cover letter I will. Cover letters are annoying and time-consuming to write.

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#6

28 Hiring Managers Share What Makes A Resume Immediately Worthless To Them In 2012 I got a resume for a potential intern that I will never forget. I received a pack of about 80 resumes for intern candidates from a certain university. One resume stood out. The entire resume was MyLittlePony themed. There were MLP pictures plastered all over. There was a bar graph of skill proficiency and things like "friendship" and "caring" were listed. The candidate had a picture of himself with MLP characters photoshopped in around him. The worst part was that a lot of the verbiage had cringy baby-babble such as "wike" instead of like.

We didn't call that guy in for an interview.

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Also, Charnay shares that hiring managers will discard a resume if it has irrelevant work experience, lacks keywords aligned with the role or has a lot of typos. You also want to make sure your resume isn't too long. 

“Employers tend to be most interested in your last 3 positions, or last 7-10 years of work experience,” she emphasizes. It’s important that your contact information is up to date, formatting is easy to read and consistent.

Speaking about traditional industries such as healthcare or education, Charnay notes that employment timeframes are important. “If a traditional hiring manager sees that you have had a new job every year, they may consider you a job hopper and decide not to move forward with you.”

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#7

28 Hiring Managers Share What Makes A Resume Immediately Worthless To Them Misspelling the name of the company they are applying to. I can stomach a common typo elsewhere but that’s one to get right.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've done this! I spelled Newcastle as something like Newcasyle. I noticed the error some time later when I was reworking my cover letter for a different job application (obviously I didn't get the Newcasyle job). No idea how I didn't notice before. So embarrassing.

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28 Hiring Managers Share What Makes A Resume Immediately Worthless To Them An email address like DankMeister420@

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

For this reason we have at least two email addresses. The official one with full name for serious business and another one for all other cases.

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#9

28 Hiring Managers Share What Makes A Resume Immediately Worthless To Them When they just copy and paste a whole phrase from the company website.

I have to hire cafe cashiers regularly and have read too many resumes saying how they are good at 'creating exceptional dining experiences, driving profitability for our franchises, and leading the industry through innovative concepts and proven strategies.'

I would prefer someone who says 'I'm punctual, I live close to the store and can carry heavy stuff'

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Or maybe, if you dont want an application full with b******t, dont have a website full of it?

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Now, the CEO of Resume Addict emphasizes that while colors and fancy layouts can be aesthetically pleasing, employers just want to know if you can do the job. “Content will always conquer fancy layouts and colors. Keep it simple with a black-and-white layout, with maybe a pop of color, and focus on your impact in each position,” she added.

We also asked Charnay if there are specific elements in a resume that should always be tailored to the job in question. “Yes, each area of the resume should align with the requirements of the role in some way,” she notes.

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“For example, you should have a skills section that has 10-15 position-specific keywords. You'll want to quantify your achievements as much as possible,” she elaborates. “Use metrics, numbers, and percentages to demonstrate your impact. If you have a summary statement, it shouldn't be generic. Think of it as a mini cover letter. What makes you different? What can you do for them?”

#10

28 Hiring Managers Share What Makes A Resume Immediately Worthless To Them « Very meticulous and attentive to detials. »

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My ex applied to work for a graphic design job. They gave her a questionnaire to fill out prior to the interview. She was unsure whether or not the questionnaire itself was some sort of test, since it was full of proofreading and formatting errors. She marked up the errors and sent the form back. They never contacted her to schedule the interview.

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28 Hiring Managers Share What Makes A Resume Immediately Worthless To Them Not me, but my prior construction superintendent threw away three immigrant's applications for supposedly all using the same social security number.

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Finally, Charnay notes that resumes are meant to tell your story. They should be deliberate about what the job description requests. Rejections will result from casting a net too wide, and it can be quite distressing. Be as explicit as possible about the positions you wish to attract, and try your best to meet their requests!

And of course, don’t forget to check out Resume Addict’s Instagram, TikTok and website! There you can find useful tips that may actually help you get your dream job!

#12

28 Hiring Managers Share What Makes A Resume Immediately Worthless To Them Pronouns other than he/she/they etc... A department I work with hired someone with some exotic pronoun they put on their resume and they ended up being the weirdest person and very difficult to work with. Every little thing was a personal attack on this person.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Honestly, as an employer, I wouldn't want your pronouns on the resume. If we interview you and you'd like to share them then, that's fine. Most of the time it's not relevant to the position.

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#13

28 Hiring Managers Share What Makes A Resume Immediately Worthless To Them Reference to drama such as "my previous boss was a bully" or "I didnt get the chance I deserved".

No time for drama, there's more than enough of that.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Never never never badmouth your previous boss. The recruiter will be sure that you'll do the same for him.

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28 Hiring Managers Share What Makes A Resume Immediately Worthless To Them Not a hiring manager but I help decide who should/shouldn't get the job.

We've had a lot of essays. The record was I think 10 pages long as to why we should hire them.

It was very disorganized, hard to read with spelling/grammatical errors. It was hard to understand.

I understand occasional but no, there were a ton. It's for a waiter position.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was by turns, a Restaurant Manager, Chef, Hotel Manager and Business Owner following a long, hard, damaging (mentally and physically) climb / scramble up the 'career' ladder. This story is from the mid '90's when I was Head Chef in a really good Hotel in Devon (UK) ; advertised for a trainee Chef in a brigade of 6, got a few replies but the one that stood out was the one that was hand written ; not pretty, a few spelling mistakes over 2, lined foolscap pages but it struck me that he'd taken the time to put down on paper what he'd done thus far (he was only 23 as I remember), and it looked like he'd been gradually working up from Washer up to Chef de Plongeur to general factotum , which he'd listed lucidly and detailed on the C.V.. and had been encouraged by the Chef where he worked to apply for the Trainee position with me. I have no idea why he couldn't access a computer / typewriter, but took his application at face value and gave him an interview. He got the job ; lovely guy.

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For more professional insights, Bored Panda got in touch with Farah Sharghi, who is a career coach.

“I once had a hiring manager at Google completely discard a resume due to a spelling mistake,” she shared. “He said ‘There is a spelling mistake which means they don't pay attention to detail.’” So don’t submit a resume where you have written that you pay attention to details and have spelling mistakes in it - because you have just contradicted yourself.

One more point to keep in mind according to Farah is resume length versus resume context. “Your ability to edit your work history is a reflection of what type of work you will present at your job,” she notes. “For example, if you have 5 years of work experience and your resume is 3 pages long, then that can demonstrate that you will be long-winded when explaining your work and don't understand what's important.”

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28 Hiring Managers Share What Makes A Resume Immediately Worthless To Them The only time I have ever had to throw out a resume was because someone possibly had it in a bag with their lunch and the paper was soaking wet and dissolving as I tried to unfold it. It was just unacceptable to process. The application was left in a drop box so I don’t know if it was a prank or an actual applicant.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Was it for a diver position? Or pool cleaner? Monsoon weather reporter? Mermaid?

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28 Hiring Managers Share What Makes A Resume Immediately Worthless To Them I'll usually still interview unless there is no relevant experience, but I've seen some atrocious resumes. I've seen people use crutchwords like "uh" in writing for a job description. I've also seen a sentence 4 lines long with zero punctuation. The same resume will have "attention to detail" as a skill set. I've interviewed for one of those resumes, and the applicant said "I dunno" to about 80% of my questions, and it turned out he didn't even know what job he applied for.

It's not that I'm overly picky, but if someone can't spend the 20 minutes or less that it takes to proof read their resume, are they going to put alot of effort into their job? Maybe, but it's hard to know.

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28 Hiring Managers Share What Makes A Resume Immediately Worthless To Them I used to work in video games doing art. So the brought me in to do portfolio reviews. If they could not draw well, regardless of education, I rejected them. It also showed me that San Francisco Art Institute was nearly worthless.

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Speaking about formatting, Farah emphasizes that using Canva, clip art and icons is not the best idea. “I call these ‘Cheesecake Factory Resumes' because they look like Cheesecake Factory menus. Your resume is a business document, not a marketing pamphlet.”

She highlights that your resume needs to be easy to read and easy for the Applicant Tracking System to be able to extract text from the resume. “Recruiters are scanning hundreds of resumes per day and if it's too hard to read, it will be rejected.”

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28 Hiring Managers Share What Makes A Resume Immediately Worthless To Them I once had someone list their "MENSA IQ" - immediate red flag that they will be absolutely insufferable, probably insecure and (perhaps ironically) more likely to be an idiot.

...also where I work we strip out all details that could bias an application. When reviewing your answers I don't know your name, gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation or where you went to school (though I do know your grades) and we make it clear when you apply that this is the case and that you shouldn't put that information in the written portions of your application that I will see. The amount of people who went to prestigious universities who then quite obviously (sometimes repeatedly) work the name of the school into the text of their applications because they feel it will give them greater cachet is remarkable. I won't throw the application away if you shamelessly do that but it definitely doesn't help.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That makes writing quite stressful. One of my accomplishments is to be the first woman in 13 years to finish an apprenticeship in a big city. Says something, because I had to fight sexism, as everyone in the industry would know. How am I to tell that if I'm not allowed to disclose my gender? As for age...well, referring to the jobs I did discloses that as well.

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28 Hiring Managers Share What Makes A Resume Immediately Worthless To Them Not me, but a friend who checks resumes/CVs had a belter. Candidate had a conviction for “common asslot” and his reference was his friend “Baz”.

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28 Hiring Managers Share What Makes A Resume Immediately Worthless To Them One time I had someone upload how to upload their resume from Dropbox instead of their resume.

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2 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

TBH, HR software isn’t standardized, so a format that works with one won’t work with another—-and you have no idea which one is being used for the application. Besides, why TF do we have to upload a resume when you then force us to retype the whole damn thing all over again on the application anyway? I don’t think companies have any idea just how long it takes to fill out an application these days. You used to be able to just send in (mail or email) or drop off (if you’re close by) your resume and a cover letter, and be done with it, even if you were sending or dropping off multiple copies to every company you’d like to work for. It was just a matter of printing them and putting them in envelopes. With the state of online applications nowadays, it can take up to an hour or more just to apply for ONE job. Back in the day, an hour could let you get copies to several, if not countless, companies instead of just one. And they would ALWAYS let you know if they’re interested or not, as well as whether you got the job or not. You would ALWAYS get a letter from them, because they had a person—-and not a f*****g algorithm—-who was responsible for actually READING those resumes and deciding whether to do the interviews and to offer the jobs, or not, and another person who was responsible for composing, printing, and sending those offer or rejection letters out to the correct people. We don’t need more algorithms involved in hiring. What we DO need are more PEOPLE involved in hiring.

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Finally, Farah says that when creating a resume, think of a job description as a cheat sheet - it’s literally telling you what they need in a candidate. “Go through your resume and go by each job description bullet point and make sure that your resume outlines very clearly that you have that experience.

”She adds that customizing your resume isn’t lying about your experience, it’s about making it obvious that you have the experience that they need. “Recruiters and hiring managers don't have time to play the guessing game and read between the lines. Make it easy for them to hire you.”

Also, don’t forget to check out Farah’s TikTok, Instagram, YouTube And LinkedIn to get more career tips!

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28 Hiring Managers Share What Makes A Resume Immediately Worthless To Them This doesn’t matter 100% of the time but bad formatting. If it’s hard to read I probably won’t read it.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I can accept basic and average formatting. The roles I hire for do not require the production of shiny documents and it's not everyone's fortè. But I rejected one that was just atrocious. They had clearly tried very hard to pick a font and lay it out well and the result was agony to the eyes. My justification was that they looked at their finished CV and thought "yeah, that looks good." And if they thought that looked good, I can never trust their opinion of what "good" looks like.

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28 Hiring Managers Share What Makes A Resume Immediately Worthless To Them Too many jobs in too short a time.

Says they’re either getting canned a lot, can’t work effectively on a team, or they are chasing tiny raises the second they’re trained.

Pass on all 3.

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2 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Contractors will have a lot of jobs in a short time. I worked as a contractor early in my career because I liked to always be doing new things back then. Typical contract length was 6 months for me. I learned tons and when I switched to being an employee it paid off as I had gained a lot of skills that I would not have otherwise.

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28 Hiring Managers Share What Makes A Resume Immediately Worthless To Them No relevant education or experience. Big wall of text that isn’t organized in an easy to read way

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Depends on the job. Somewhere the young folk needs to gain experience, you know? Otherwise your company is just a parasite on other companies who invest into the training of new workers.

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28 Hiring Managers Share What Makes A Resume Immediately Worthless To Them I had one cross my desk that misspelt his own name, in big bold font on the front page no less.

The other time was a guy getting his resume put forward to me, for an ITsec role. Same guy that I ripped a new one a few weeks prior when he decided to automate a server hardening via scripts and did zero checks on the work afterwards.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How would they know the name is misspelled? People are messing with conventional name spellings a lot these days.

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28 Hiring Managers Share What Makes A Resume Immediately Worthless To Them The state here has a norm on how to format your resumee and application, if you want a job with the government.

The website of the company I work at say in fat letters we follow the same standard format used by the government, which everyone can look up on the internet.

If you are unable to find and format your resumee according to the norms, it usually lands in the trash. The one exception being entry level positions and people straight out of school, since their experience is probably lacking.

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2 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How about, instead, requiring ALL HR hiring software to be the same simple and easy to use format? That way an applicant doesn’t have to guess how to format their damned application and can just send it instead. How. About. THAT? Even better! How about just letting them upload their resume WITHOUT the application, and be DONE with it? Of course, that means having an actual human being READ the resumes, but you know, it worked all the way up to when some “genius” decided to take humans out of the process and solely rely on algorithms instead. Way to go, employers. Way to deny yourselves a much larger pool of qualified applicants to choose from. Way to shut out people who would be real assets to your company because they guessed wrong about your software format, or used a word the algorithm didn’t recognize, so it out their resume in the trash. And employers are always mystified about where all the good applicants are hiding. Sammie’s, it’s because you’re relying way too much on technology and totally ignoring the human aspect. By being cheap and cutting payroll, you did it to yourselves. That’s why.

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28 Hiring Managers Share What Makes A Resume Immediately Worthless To Them R/antiwork will hate a lot of this…

But…

-large gaps of no employment without any explanation.

-terrible availability

-numerous upon numerous jobs within a short period of time

Those are just some very basic reasons

People hate this, but when a business hires you it’s an investment, they need to use payroll, time, and employees to bring you in, interview you, train you, and hope to retain you… now there’s a ton of s****y businesses out there, and this doesn’t excuse any of their terrible practices. But just bc a company wants a little peace of mind when they bring you in isn’t a bad thing.

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28 Hiring Managers Share What Makes A Resume Immediately Worthless To Them I had a really nice guy bring one in on pencil. It was pretty good, too, but not a fit.

Another said he didn't have one because he was dating the HR Manager's daughter. Got the job and later was let go.

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28 Hiring Managers Share What Makes A Resume Immediately Worthless To Them I know it’s pretty specific but If your looking for a scheduling job make sure you know how to use Excel and clearly state it on your resume. It will probably get thrown out otherwise.

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