At Intern Queen, we are constantly swimming in a pool of resumes. We get in hundreds of resumes every day and many of our clients rely on us to give them recommendations as to who they should and shouldn’t bring in for an interview. Remember, the resume has to land you the interview. If it can’t land you the interview, it isn’t doing its job. It’s YOUR job to keep your resume up to par. Here are the 13 reasons why I didn’t like your resume :)
1. It was more than 1 page. If you can’t get your resume onto one page, it shows me you haven’t tried hard enough. It shows me that you don’t understand resume etiquette. It’s sloppy.
2. Instead of using bullet points, you used descriptive paragraphs. This isn’t a book. I want to look at your resume and within 5 seconds understand what you did for that company and how you made an impact. I don’t want to read a story or a narrative here.
3. The first thing I saw was Shake Shack or babysitting. It’s great that you’ve had a part-time job before but when I look to hire an intern, I want to see relevant experience and leadership experience. I want to understand your campus involvement and if you’ve stepped up to be a leader in your organizations. I want to know if you’ve had a previous internship. I want to see if you’ve had a part-time job but that shouldn’t be the first thing that I see. My eyes shouldn’t STOP at Shake Shack.
4. Your spacing was off. The resume looked a bit jumbled and there weren’t spaces between the different items on your resume. Even if you are the best candidate in the world, if I can’t read your resume, how will I know that?
5. You listed HS before college. Everything on your resume should go in order of most recent to least recent. If I see High School as the first thing listed on your resume, I automatically think you are in HS. Don’t confuse the resume reader.
6. I don’t know what year you are. If I’m hiring juniors and seniors only for my internship, how do I know which you are if you don’t tell me when your expected graduation date is? Don’t make it hard for me to determine your graduation year. I shouldn’t have to figure that information out for myself.
7. Your objective was clearly for another opportunity. Objectives are dangerous and if not updated properly can really hurt your chances of being interviewed. If I read an objective statement that clearly has nothing to do with the opportunity I’m hiring for, I’m not impressed.
8. Your objective was so vague, you clearly use it for everything. I’d rather NOT see an objective than see an objective statement that is generic and used everywhere.
9. Your professional goals can be stated in your cover letter. I read a resume that had an entire section of professional goals. This was too much verbiage for a resume and made the resume way too text heavy. Professional goals are great but can be clearly stated in your resume.
10. When I printed out your resume it was blurry. If you are going to incorporate graphics or anything fancy in your resume, make sure that you try printing it out and see what it looks like. If a resume looks great on my computer but then I print it out and it looks awful, I’m not going to interview you. Double check these things before sending.
11. When I printed out your resume, the text was off-center and nearly off the page. Again, check these things. If I hand an employer a stack of resumes, do you think they will consider the ones that printed off the page or look cut-off? Nope.
12. Too much white space. I immediately spot the bare bones resumes and throw them out. If there is a chunk of white space on your resume, it’s not a good sign. Determine how to fill it up with relevant experience that makes me say WOW.
13. Your words weren’t spaced out properly. Double check all of your materials. Sometimes when you save documents in different formats, your words get jumbled together. I can’t tell you how many resumes I’ve viewed where the words are stuck together and it looks like a spelling error.
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