The Trash-Can Resume

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The Trash-Can Resume

During my interview with Jamie Foxx's The Foxxhole Network, on Sirius XM Radio last week, I was asked about my internship program. The students interviewing me on the show wanted to know what I absolutely hated to see on resumes. I started to answer the questions and kept referring to these resumes with errors as "trash can resumes" - resumes that are automatically disregarded or physically thrown in the garbage. But what exactly qualifies a resume to be a Trash Can Resume? I've added my thoughts below and I'd love to extend this question out to other employers and internship coordinators...

In your opinion, what qualifies a Trash Can Resume?

  • Spelling errors
  • Wrong company name
  • Company name or contact name spelled wrong
  • An objective that makes no sense or is not in line with the position itself.
  • longer than one-page
  • reading anything about the student's personal life that might make me (the reader) feel uncomfortable (relationship status, strange hobbies)
  • anything negative about previous employers
  • resumes that aren't formatted properly
  • different fonts all over the resume
  • picture on the resume
  • different colored text