Things I Wish People Would Stop Doing
by Ambra Benjamin, engineering recruiter at Facebook, previously LivingSocial, Google and Expedia.
- Using MS Word’s resume templates: Period.
- Writing resumes in first person: Exceptions made for people who do it cleverly.
- Allowing their resume to be a ridiculous number of pages: Unless you are a college professor with multiple published works, you do not need an 8+ page resume. That is not impressive; that is obnoxious. Condense that bad boy s’il vous plait. Also, I do not care that you worked at Burger King in 1988. I mean, good for you, but no; not relevant.
- Mixing up first person and third person or present tense and past tense: Pick a voice, pick a tense, and then stick with it. I suggest third person and past tense.
- Listing an objective at the top of the resume: Dude, seriously? This isn’t 1992.
- Mailing, faxing or hand-delivering paper resumes: Immediate disqualification. Do not pass go.
- Sending resumes addressed to the CEO end up on my desk unopened: This is a gross generalization here, and exceptions are made for smaller companies, but [generally speaking], CEOs don’t read resumes — not the first pass. Also see above re: paper resumes.