Who has a killer resume

Resume killer: remove this information immediately!

Resume killers wipe out all efforts in applying for jobs in no time. Instead of an invitation to an interview, they are rejected. The problem: If you do not recognize and remove the résumé killer in your documents, you keep making the same mistakes. Whether this happens out of ignorance makes no difference to the result and HR managers show little consideration. If you want to have a real chance of being accepted, there is no place for CV Killer in your application. We show which resume killers you should know and remove immediately ...

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This is why resume killers are so dangerous

Mistakes are human and happen - they are still an exclusion criterion for applications. If you fail here, you quickly lose any chance of an invitation to a personal interview and thus to the job you are looking for. Resume killers are the worst mistakes you can make in your vita. The reason: HR managers have little time to sift through and assess the large number of application documents. There are no more than a few minutes, sometimes only a few seconds, for an initial assessment and decision. In other words: Anyone who stands out with this first impression with a résumé killers will be sorted out immediately. In addition, there are other reasons for the negative impact of resume killers:

  • Resume killers show lack of care.
    Some of the most common resume killers clearly show that you did not prepare and write your records with the necessary care. The signal to companies: Even when it comes to important tasks, this candidate is prone to mistakes. A NoGo for every personnel decision.
  • Resume killers demonstrate ignorance.
    “I didn't know any better” is no explanation for a resume killer. It is well known that ignorance does not protect against punishment. In the event of mistakes in the résumé, you are more likely to demonstrate that you did not inform yourself.

Which of the two points is then ultimately irrelevant. In any case, resume killers will result in your application ending up on file P for trash.

The most common resume killers

Unfortunately, CV killers can still be found in the documents of applicants. If the resume killers are not recognized and removed, the application will not be successful. Instead, the frustration grows because repeated rejections are received. To prevent this from happening to you, here are the most common resume killers that you should definitely remove and correct:

  • spelling mistake
    Briefly inattentive or typed incorrectly when writing your résumé - spelling mistakes happen quickly. Even so, you are one of the most common resume killers. If a HR manager skims the vita and stumbles over several spelling or grammatical errors, he will most likely save himself a more detailed reading. Proofread your records several times and ask others to check for mistakes too to avoid this resume killer.
  • Lies and false information
    You want to convince and score with the best arguments, but false information and outright lies are an absolute résumé killer. As soon as it becomes apparent that information or points are incorrect, the application chances drop to zero. If you invent qualifications, experiences, positions and other information or embellish them far from reality, you will either get a rejection immediately or you will be terminated later.
  • Unimportant information
    A full and long résumé always looks better? Not correct! Unimportant information is a resume killer. HR professionals want to know what makes you the best person for the position and what you bring with you to contribute to the company's success. Irrelevant information only inflates the application unnecessarily, but does not provide any added value. Focus on information that really matters to the employer. This is especially true when choosing professional positions. The fact that you put shelves in your school or waited while you were studying does not qualify you for the job as a department head. Work experience is good but needs to be relevant to the position you are applying for.
  • Out of date information
    The same applies to items in your resume in tabular form that were so long ago that no one is interested. HR professionals don't care which elementary school you attended. The decisive factors are the experiences and achievements that you have made in recent years. That you started school 25 years ago doesn't qualify you for the job and is a resume killer. The grade point average also loses relevance over the years. This is important shortly after graduation; in later professional life it no longer needs to be stated.
  • Personal data
    Name and contact details belong in the document, of course, so that your application can be assigned - and so that you can be reached. However, you should refrain from further personal details. Information about marital status or religion is long out of date and is one of the résumés killers. Such personal data is usually not used so that it does not lead to discrimination.
  • Social media profiles
    Almost everyone has them, but they only have to look for something in their application in exceptional cases: Social media profiles (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest ...) only make sense if they are used professionally. If there are samples of work there (for example, from photographers), they are indicated. Otherwise they are résumé killers. Only professional networks (such as Xing or LinkedIn) do not count as résumé killers if the profiles are well maintained and up-to-date.
  • Gaps
    Longer gaps that are not explained are a big resume killer. For HR managers, such open periods allow only two conclusions: Either you did nothing during this time - not good - or you want to keep something secret - even worse.
  • Long text
    The curriculum vitae should give a short and quick overview of the most important information. There is no space here for long text and epic sentences. The motto is: short and to the point. Everything else is a resume killer. HR professionals want to get all information at a glance, instead of having to read and search for a long time.
  • Exaggerated bullet lists
    Bullet points are a great way to avoid long blocks of text. However, these should also be used sparingly. Bullet lists are used to emphasize and emphasize important aspects, they are not a stylistic device to divide the text.
  • Wrong fonts
    If you want to attract attention with your choice of font, you tend to do it negatively. Too much experimentation is not appropriate here. It is important that the font is easy to read, looks serious and is not out of date. Good options are, for example, Helvetica or Georgia. If the recruiter can barely decipher the selected font, this is an instant résumé killer. You should also use the same font throughout your application.
  • Contentless lists
    Flexible, resilient, organized, motivated ... Such lists are supposed to impress, but they are actually résumé killers. The reason: These are empty phrases that only become believable and comprehensible through concrete examples. Instead of just listing melodious buzzwords, you should give clear examples. This can be, for example, the percentage increase in sales or the increase in the number of customers that you have taken care of.
  • Reasons for changing jobs
    The résumé is about you, your experiences, qualifications and the benefits you bring to the new company. What is your motivation for a change and why you are applying to this employer belongs in the cover letter or in an individual letter of motivation. It's a resume killer if you mess up the contents of your application documents and mix them up wildly.
  • Salary information
    Money is always an issue at work and of course you want to earn more in your new job than at your old place of work. Even so, salary claims are a resume killer. If this is required in the job advertisement, you can state your salary expectations in the application letter. If not, the financial aspect will only be discussed and negotiated in a later personal conversation.
  • Missing structure
    Unfortunately, a common résumé killer is the lack of structure. Confusing design, no clear structure and HR must go looking for information instead of being able to quickly get an overview. The problem also arises when the résumé becomes cluttered because every minor aspect of the professional career needs to be mentioned.
  • Bulk goods
    Submitting the same resume to many different employers is a guaranteed resume killer. The documents of your application should always be individually tailored and adapted to the respective company. This is the only way you can address the different requirements and show that you are applying to this particular employer.
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Tips on the résumé
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➠ Resume templates
➠ Internships on the résumé
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➠ Introductory sentence in the cover letter
➠ Final sentence in the cover letter
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➠ Attachment directory

Tips on the job reference
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➠ Job description
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Special applications
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May 4, 2021Author: Jochen Mai

Jochen Mai is the founder and editor-in-chief of the career bible. The author of several books lectures at the TH Köln and is a sought-after keynote speaker, coach and consultant.

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