Resumes: The Key to a Great First Impression

I recently read an insightful piece by Charles Purdy, Senior Editor for Monster, titled “Four Things That Can Send Your Resume into the Trash.” (

I loved this article. Throughout my nearly two decades as a recruiter, I have seen so many recruits continue to make the same mistakes. I would like to add my two cents regarding resumes.

It is very important to ensure your resume reflects your best characteristics. Always proofread your written correspondence and documents prior to sharing them. If possible, have someone else proofread. This may sound elementary, but job candidates still send resumes with bad formatting and spelling errors. These mistakes are red flags that insinuate that you don’t pay attention to details. Also, if someone has a template that is overdone than it’s seems like they are desperate and that doesn’t come off too well. Remember that your resume needs to be easily read and understood. Don’t create a cluttered, unreadable document.

Last of all, I can’t tell you how many times I have asked candidates to put the exact months and years regarding the start and ending for job employment. If these bits of information are missing, the resume looks too vague. Recruiting and hiring managers can also be led to believe that you are hiding something and you may appear sneaky. Don’t leave it up to the hiring manager to guess why you aren’t listing the dates of employment. Your resume is your personal introduction to the potential employer, so make your first impression a good one.

Janice Mills
Recruiting Manager, Axiom Consulting Group

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