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Wd u rite a resume like this? : Hiring managers are less picky than they used to be
Fortune ^ | 06/05/2014 | Anne Fisher

Posted on 06/05/2014 10:20:51 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Hiring managers are less picky than they used to be, but misspellings and typos can still count against you. So can “creative” job titles.

It was bound to happen, now that millions of us are merrily texting and tweeting away. Job interviewers have become more tolerant of spelling mistakes and other errors on resumes than they used to be.

Consider: Only about 17% of hiring managers say they would toss a resume in the circular file if it had a single snafu in it, according to a new poll from staffing firm Accountemps. That’s a sharp drop from 40% who said they would five years ago, and 47% who said so in 2006. Some managers really don’t care whether you can spell or not. More than a quarter (27%) said they’d overlook three mistakes, up from just 7% five years ago.

Even so, it’s smart to proofread your CV carefully, or have a friend who’s a stickler for spelling take a look at it. Almost two-thirds (64%) of the hiring managers polled said they’d look askance at a candidate who let even a single mistake slip through.

“Attention to detail is required for most jobs, and a resume should showcase this skill, not detract from it,” notes Accountemps Chairman Max Messmer. He blames “the quick and casual nature of communication today” for the recent rise in resume blunders like these:

“My last employer fried me for no reason.”

“I am graduating this Maybe.”

“I am looking for my big brake.”

“Referees available upon request.”

“My talent will be very a parent when you see me work.”

“Objective: To accell in the accounting industry.”

“My 3 biggest hobbies are cars, golf, racquetball, and reading.”

“Work experience: Academic tudor.”

(Excerpt) Read more at fortune.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Society
KEYWORDS: hiring; hr; resume
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1 posted on 06/05/2014 10:20:51 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

The truth is, half the HR putzes reading these resumes can’t spell either. But they get to sit in judgment of their illiterate brethren.


2 posted on 06/05/2014 10:24:24 AM PDT by IronJack
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To: SeekAndFind
Job interviewers have become more tolerant of spelling mistakes and other errors on resumes

More likely because the interviewers of today simply don't know any better - they don't recognize the mistakes for what they are.

The public school kids of yesterday are the middle managers today

3 posted on 06/05/2014 10:26:31 AM PDT by grobdriver (Where is Wilson Blair when you need him?)
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To: SeekAndFind

You left out the best one:

“Earned a diploma from a very repudiated college.”

I’ll bet you did, young man...


4 posted on 06/05/2014 10:26:42 AM PDT by proxy_user
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To: SeekAndFind

I tossed resumes for even a single error, even if there was an MIT/Caltech/Stanford/Harvard/Yale degree on there. I did not want a low quality finished product to ever go out with my name on it. Not surprisingly, the people I hired under that standard did great work and many are now in business for themselves.


5 posted on 06/05/2014 10:26:47 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: IronJack
:)
You must be an old fart, too.
6 posted on 06/05/2014 10:27:37 AM PDT by grobdriver (Where is Wilson Blair when you need him?)
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To: SeekAndFind
“Objective: To accell in the accounting industry.”

Really bad when an accountant doesn't know how to spell excel.

7 posted on 06/05/2014 10:27:47 AM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: SeekAndFind

My ex-boss wld slip n2 twitterspeak and txtmsgs when she would become a lazy sod trying to send me an email/online text about something.

She’d also fly off the handle (not about typos but about precise word choice).

Anytime I say that texting bullsh*t, I’d realize that as a manager, she came off as a moron.


8 posted on 06/05/2014 10:28:25 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: IronJack

Most of them haven’t read resumes in years. They use the software and then, barely so.


9 posted on 06/05/2014 10:29:05 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: IronJack

HR putzes don’t read resumes these days. They filter them for keywords.


10 posted on 06/05/2014 10:30:07 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: IronJack

True. Very true. And they have no clue about transferable skills and abilities.


11 posted on 06/05/2014 10:31:56 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: SeekAndFind

A bunch of loosers ...


12 posted on 06/05/2014 10:33:01 AM PDT by TexasGator
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To: SeekAndFind

As an IT engineer with degrees in English and technical communication, this pains me.


13 posted on 06/05/2014 10:33:04 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: IronJack

It’s amazing how many dirtbags wind up in Human Resources...some of the nastiest people ever to crawl out of the pit. Control freaks, all...especially the women.


14 posted on 06/05/2014 10:34:12 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (Yehovah saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Just another example of lowering our standards even more. As an employer, why would you want to hire an illiterate, even one who makes “simple” mistakes? “Simple” mistakes can cost a company hundreds of thousands of $$$.


15 posted on 06/05/2014 10:36:26 AM PDT by AnnGora (I'm suing my tagline for sexual harrassment.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I teach a critical thinking class online for a college, where essentially every student is incapable of typing a paragraph in English with correct grammar and spelling. Since this college sells itself on student success in the workplace, last semester I posted a copy of one of the egregious messages posted the previous term, said that their messages often looked essentially the same, and then asked a simple question: would any of the students hire someone who wrote a resume like this? No one said s/he wouldn’t; a half dozen said they would, that there were some things more important than English.

Remember, these are students in a critical thinking course: if you are a native English speaker and cannot line up your words logically in English, you are incapable of critical thinking, and/or doing anything beyond grunt work.


16 posted on 06/05/2014 10:37:11 AM PDT by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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To: SeekAndFind
i r rtired. No app neded.
17 posted on 06/05/2014 10:37:55 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: TexasGator
A bunch of loosers...

How loose are they?

18 posted on 06/05/2014 10:38:07 AM PDT by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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To: who knows what evil?

Very true ... HR is the occupational version of a “(Fill-in-the-Blank) Studies” course at any liberal arts college.


19 posted on 06/05/2014 10:40:49 AM PDT by glennaro
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To: chajin; TexasGator
They should loose one turn...


20 posted on 06/05/2014 10:45:43 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: chajin

Charlie, is that you?


21 posted on 06/05/2014 10:47:13 AM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: SeekAndFind
“My last employer fried me for no reason.”
~McDonalds

“I am looking for my big brake.”
~Midas

“My 3 biggest hobbies are cars, golf, racquetball, and reading.”
~Accounting Firm of Dewey, Cheatem, and Howe

“Work experience: Academic tudor.”
~Ren Faire Worker

22 posted on 06/05/2014 10:50:04 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876
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To: SeekAndFind

I had a person apply as a medical assistant in my office listing

“Blood Boner Pathogens OSHA”

as one of her Educational certificates attained

And just below it “ Typing Certificate Obtained”


23 posted on 06/05/2014 10:50:59 AM PDT by Cyman (We have to pass it to see what's in it= definition of stool sample)
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To: SeekAndFind
Hiring managers are less picky than they used to be...

How can that be with so many available candidates (unemployed people) out there? I thought the more unemployed there are, businesses could pick and choose and also pay less. Laziness?

24 posted on 06/05/2014 10:53:15 AM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: PATRIOT1876

“A Three-letter word: J-O-B-S”

Joe Biden of Team Obama

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBHPvfAt5ow


25 posted on 06/05/2014 10:54:46 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: RJS1950
Charlie, is that you?

Not that I know of :-)

26 posted on 06/05/2014 10:55:36 AM PDT by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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To: SeekAndFind

While it wasn’t in writing, I was once interviewing a candidate and the interview turned to his personal qualities. He seemed a bit cocky and arrogant and I asked if he could laugh at himself. He assured me he had a great sense of, “self-defecating,” humor.


27 posted on 06/05/2014 11:00:34 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: IronJack

I think that’s pretty much it.
But these are definitely candidates for Resumania by Robert Half. His collections of unintentionally funny resumes and cover letters were so funny I almost wet my pants.
We’ve all heard that the people on the other side of the counter, be it HR people or hiring managers, or the bosses themselves at tiny businesses, spend very little time on candidate resumes. Perhaps this is true even when they end up hiring the person sometimes. I’ve definitely worked with some people who were barely literate. It didnt mean they were stupid in all cases. In some it did.
I’d be curious to hear from any business owners out there who have looked through resumes and applications and your general impressions.


28 posted on 06/05/2014 11:06:22 AM PDT by crazycatlady
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To: a fool in paradise

“HR putzes don’t read resumes these days. They filter them for keywords.”

I don’t let HR use their Taleo product to filter resumes for me. If I am posting a position, I ask for every resume, even if there are 100 of them for one position.

Here are my simple rules:

1- Be truthful. If you are not, I will know and play “stump the chump” with you.
2- Spell every word correctly. DON’T use spellcheck. Confusing “There and Their” will eliminate you from contention.
3- And finally, your resume is a reflection of you. Make every word count. If you write a sentence that is 25-30 words, see how you can cut it to 15-20. Use the real estate on the page wisely.


29 posted on 06/05/2014 11:08:23 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: proxy_user

If its Ivy League, well be happy to repudiate it right here for you on FR.


30 posted on 06/05/2014 11:08:36 AM PDT by crazycatlady
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To: chajin

Welcome to the Old Farts’ Critical Thinking Club!!! GMTA!!

I’ve considered being an adjunct at the local community college and I’m afraid I might be gone before the end of the first semester for exactly the situation you described.


31 posted on 06/05/2014 11:10:24 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: Pollster1

How about email address? There’s a story out there that aol or yahoo email makes you look old or unhip so you should change to gmail to look more cool. I’ve been a little disgusted with yahoo and thinking of changing to Reagan.com myself.


32 posted on 06/05/2014 11:11:50 AM PDT by crazycatlady
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To: a fool in paradise

Yep, that too.


33 posted on 06/05/2014 11:12:56 AM PDT by crazycatlady
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To: TexasGator

Call a corpseman.


34 posted on 06/05/2014 11:14:20 AM PDT by crazycatlady
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To: SeekAndFind
“My last employer fried me for no reason.”

Was his name Hannibal? Did you wear ketchup as perfume?

35 posted on 06/05/2014 11:15:12 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: crazycatlady

A recent resume sent to me had the candidates current employer email address. I still use AOL on my resume. It is usually a conversation starter.


36 posted on 06/05/2014 11:15:35 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: crazycatlady

It’s an Ivory League school!


37 posted on 06/05/2014 11:17:56 AM PDT by proxy_user
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To: SeekAndFind

One of my personal favorites was the candidate who had bullet points of their qualities and listed “attention to detail” twice, four bullet points apart.


38 posted on 06/05/2014 11:20:10 AM PDT by Hoffer Rand (Bear His image. Bring His message. Be the Church.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Or currently if they have a degree from Rutgers. That would raise a major flag.


39 posted on 06/05/2014 11:24:05 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: EQAndyBuzz

How about the Taleo personality test? What do you think of those?

I always groan when I see a personality test in the hiring process because it means I won’t get an interview. Never once have I gotten an interview after taking a personality test.

The worst was flunking a computerized personality test at Value Village and not being allowed to continue with the hiring process. That was some years ago and they’ve stopped doing it.

According to Gavin deBecker, the original reason for these damn personality tests was to screen out people who who might go postal. And I realize that stealing is a big problem and they have to screen out people who steal, well, steal a lot, anyway. Pardon my bitterness—Ive really been put through the wringer by some of these people.


40 posted on 06/05/2014 11:24:34 AM PDT by crazycatlady
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To: Cyman

I had a manager who would have been a good candidate for anything to do with “boner”. That was before sexual harassment was a thing. He didnt come after me because I wasn’t his type(too short at 5’2”) and had been hired by somebody else. I worked with one cocktail waitress who was 6 foot. Working with all these tall girls came in handier than getting the steps tool every time you needed to reach something.


41 posted on 06/05/2014 11:29:40 AM PDT by crazycatlady
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To: EQAndyBuzz

1 page versus 2 page résumé? Thoughts?


42 posted on 06/05/2014 11:31:22 AM PDT by crazycatlady
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To: SeekAndFind

SEX: often


43 posted on 06/05/2014 11:33:55 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (By now, everyone should know that you shoot a zombie in the head. Don't try to reason with them...)
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To: KC_Conspirator

I would be concerned about degrees from Evergreen in Olympia. I wouldn’t not consider them, I’d just be concerned.


44 posted on 06/05/2014 11:34:13 AM PDT by crazycatlady
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To: crazycatlady

Always one page

at the bottom put more pages upon request


45 posted on 06/05/2014 11:44:01 AM PDT by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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To: Hot Tabasco

a dentist once had me fill out an application and a question read “how do you brush your teeth?”

i answered, usually naked in front of the mirror.

never heard anything back though.


46 posted on 06/05/2014 11:45:37 AM PDT by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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To: teeman8r

Thanks. Good idea.


47 posted on 06/05/2014 11:47:08 AM PDT by crazycatlady
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To: teeman8r

You would probably not do well with a personality test.

I once had an interviewer ask how I was seeing or handling dead animals. It was a veterinary hospital, though.


48 posted on 06/05/2014 11:49:08 AM PDT by crazycatlady
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To: who knows what evil?

I believe hell will be filled with HR. Most are less ethical than the management they support.


49 posted on 06/05/2014 11:54:24 AM PDT by conservative cat
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To: IronJack
The truth is, half the HR putzes reading these resumes can’t spell either.

I believe your estimate is low. :)

What I've seen from HR is that they like to a foolish "stump the dummy questions" (ex: How do you fit a giraffe in a fridge?). They have no technical knowledge, so they can't ask anything about the job.

50 posted on 06/05/2014 12:07:06 PM PDT by Half Vast Conspiracy (Settled science.)
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