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CareerBuilder Releases Study Of Common And Not-So-Common Resume Mistakes That Can Cost You The Job

The survey also showed that, although more than half of employers said they only want to see work experience that is relevant to the job at hand (53 percent) and primarily within the last ten years (57 percent), 41 percent of workers ages 45 and older said they include their first job on their resume.

Common ProblemsWhen asked to identify the most common resume mistakes that may lead them to automatically dismiss a candidate, employers pointed to the following:

  • Resumes that have typos - 58 percent
  • Resumes that are generic and don't seem personalized for the position - 36 percent
  • Resumes that don't include a list of skills - 35 percent
  • Resumes that copied a large amount of wording from the job posting - 32 percent
  • Resumes that have inappropriate email address - 31 percent
  • Resumes that don't include exact dates of employment - 27 percent
  • Resumes printed on decorative paper - 22 percent
  • Resumes that include a photo - 13 percent

"Your resume is the primary deciding factor for whether you will land a job interview," said Rosemary Haefner, Vice President of Human Resources at CareerBuilder. "It's important to project a professional image. Keep it succinct, personalize it to feature only skills and experience relevant to the position you're applying for, and always include specific, quantifiable results that showcase the value you can bring to an organization."

Candidates can also run into issues related to how they submit their applications. More than one quarter (26 percent) of employers only accept digital resumes, leaving hard copies sent via the mail unopened. 

Survey MethodologyThis survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive© on behalf of CareerBuilder among 2,076 hiring managers and human resource professionals and 2,999 workers (employed full-time, not self-employed, non-government) between May 14 and June 5, 2013 (percentages for some questions are based on a subset, based on their responses to certain questions). With pure probability samples of 2,076 and 2,999 one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of +/-2.15 and +/- 1.79 percentage points, respectively. Sampling error for data from sub-samples is higher and varies.  For full survey methodology, including weighting variables, contact jennifer.grasz@careerbuilder.com.



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