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PHOTO HUNT: What NOT to Put on Your Resume

February 5, 2013
PHOTO HUNT: What NOT to Put on Your Resume

Your resume is the first chance to stand out to a potential employer, so it’s important to deliver your background and skills in a clear and concise manner. In What NOT to Put on Your Resume we highlighted tips on what you should and should not include.

Now it’s your turn!

Take a look at the resume below and see if you can spot the ten resume mistakes.


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Click here to see the answers.

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KforceKforce is a professional staffing and solutions firm providing flexible and permanent placement services, as well as outsourcing solutions, in the skill areas of technology, finance & accounting, healthcare and government. Kforce operates in more than 60 offices throughout the United States and one in the Philippines.

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Comments (8) -

Debbi Lund

Debbi Lund United States
2/11/2013 9:44:06 AM #

You missed one, I think. Mixed tenses in the first set of experience data - present and past.

Gordon Wagner

Gordon Wagner United States
2/12/2013 11:22:19 AM #

Meanwhile, back in the HR office, the bored Catbert HR director casually sifts through a pile of resumes from starving job seekers, flicking the ones that do not feature satisfactory typography into the trash can. You know this kind of HR person. Yawning and filing their nails while they're allegedly listening to your experience on the phone. Then they say "What?" No, I'm not making this up.

HR... didn't "Human Resources" used to be "Personnel" back when companies considers employees to be persons and not resources..?

Robert Kehoe

Robert Kehoe United States
2/12/2013 12:06:37 PM #

Development, Inc., Development International, and Developers International.  Seems like John Smith doesn't know the name of his employer.  If they are three different companies, he needs to indicate this more clearly.

B Hill

B Hill United States
2/12/2013 1:40:48 PM #

Using an aol email address is a mistake. Update it to gmail etc.

No achievements listed in job history.

No date of graduation.

Bob O

Bob O United States
2/12/2013 4:46:56 PM #

@B Hill: Indicating a date of graduation could allow the employer to approximate the age of the candidate - I leave mine off....


Wendie United States
2/13/2013 5:34:56 PM #

Honestly, no professional job seeking in this tight market would even send out a resume like the example you provided.  Also, whom ever is monitoring this blog is not doing their job very well.  I registered with KForce two months ago and I have not received a reply, a phone call, or any type of response.  So after this comment is written, I will be unsubscribing.  


Alnersh United States
2/19/2013 6:16:44 PM #

- contact phone is missing  
- Family info is not needed
- spelling mistakes (implimenting)
- irrelevant skill(soft ball ..)
- experience not in date order
- conflict of information (he seems to be working  in one company and says 'top companies'
- employer location is missing
- skills do not match experience
- availability is missing
- salary range is missing

Cara Barone

Cara Barone United States
2/21/2013 11:05:51 AM #

Hi everyone! I’m responding on behalf of Kforce. Thanks for all of your feedback.

@Debbi – good catch! You’re correct they should all be consistent and present tense.

@Robert – sorry for the confusion, Robert. Yes, in this example they're 3 different companies.

@Wendie – thanks for reaching out. Our records indicate a Kforce recruiter contacted you in early December; we’re sorry if you did not receive the correspondence. We apologize for the miscommunication but appreciate your feedback.  

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