Quit doing these six things to make sure your resume passes the glance test.
Spelling, grammar and/or punctuation mistakes. Most hiring managers quickly scan a resume, and if it’s filled with errors, they’ll toss it out. They assume a resume filled with mistakes means the person’s work will likely follow suit. I once received a resume for a communications manager job; unfortunately, there were more than 15 spelling errors on the first page. I didn’t bother reading page two. Plunk. Into the recycle bin it went.
A difficult-to-read format. Don’t make hiring managers hunt for information because you used a nonstandard format or got way too creative in your layout. Quality of content will always trump style. Use a work portfolio to demonstrate your creativity, not your resume.
You don’t meet the required minimum years of experience. If the job requires six years of experience, and you have five, go for it. But if you only have two or three years of the required experience, reconsider before applying. Look at how much of a “fit” you are by analyzing how you stack up against all the requirements. You might need to revise your expectations and apply for lower-level positions until you’ve gained the experience necessary for the job you want.
You don’t meet the required minimum skills. While some skills are transferable from industry to industry or from one job to another, not all are. If you’ve never coded before, you shouldn’t be applying for computer programming jobs. I once had someone apply for a director of marketing position who had no experience, training or skills in marketing listed on their resume. Recycle bin.
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Large gaps in your work history, with no explanation. Having a gap on a resume isn’t a big deal — as long as you explain what you were doing during that gap. Maybe you went back to school for your master’s degree or did volunteer work during that time. Then include the additional degree and associated dates in your “Education” section or add a “Volunteer Work” section on your resume. Avoid lengthy work history gaps that aren’t explained.
You’re applying for a people-manager position, but have no experience managing people. Before applying for a job that requires people-management experience, seek out opportunities to lead others, such as on project teams. This will help you gain the experience you need to prove your leadership ability.