They’ve reviewed millions of résumés and seen it all. From the candidate whose stated objective was to "seek a high-paying, relaxing job" to the software developer who included a photo of himself bare-chested, cavorting in the surf.

Corporate recruiters say you’d be surprised at how many candidates leave out important facts, such as the names and locations of companies where they’ve worked, or include too much information, like the candidate who asterisked her dates of employment with the caveat: "Please do not misconstrue the fact that I have had 12 jobs in six years as job-hopping…I have never quit a job!"

Is your résumé working for you or against you? Here are seven signs it may be time to tweak (or toss) your résumé:

1. No Career Summary/Introductory Statement
Most hiring companies don’t have time to match unspecified résumés to open positions, so lead off with a career summary or introductory statement that makes it clear what type of position you are seeking and why you are qualified for the job.

2. Lack of Keywords and Phrases
To pass through a company’s applicant tracking software, your résumé must contain the keywords and phrases it is screening for. These words are not the verbs stressed in paper résumés, but nouns such as job titles and technical skills.

To find out what keywords you should be using, read the job posting or obtain the actual job description. You also may want to check out the book 2,500 Keywords to Get You Hired by Jay Block and Michael Betrus, which lists critical keywords for each career and shows examples of how to use them in your résumé.

3. No Evidence of Your Experience
Your résumé should not merely list the jobs you’ve held; it should provide specific examples of how you achieved success. Résumé-writing professionals recommend using the PARS formula: Describe a Problem, the Action you took, the Results you achieved and Skills you applied.

4. Use of Personal Pronouns and Articles
With just two pages to sell yourself, make each word count. Write in a telegraphic style, eliminating all personal pronouns and articles like "the," "a" and "an." Removing the "I," "me" and "my" from your résumé not only frees up space, but creates a subliminal perception of objectivity.

5. Irrelevant Information
Irrelevant information keeps the reader from seeing your selling points. Weigh each portion of your experience from the hiring company’s perspective to decide what to include and what to emphasize. If you’re applying for an engineering position, for example, don’t devote a whole paragraph to your job as a camp counselor unless the position has elements that are transferable to the engineering job. And never include information about your marital status, personal situation, hobbies or interests unless they are relevant to the job for which you’re applying.

6. Poor Formatting
Unless you have no work experience or have held a number of different jobs in a short amount of time, a chronological résumé is the most effective. That means using the following order:

Header (your name, address, e-mail address and phone number)

Career summary, profiling the scope of your experience and skills

Reverse chronological employment history emphasizing achievements


Since poor alignment, spacing and use of bolding and caps make a résumé hard to read, you may want to use a résumé template.

7. Typos and Misspelled Words
From the would-be administrative assistant who claimed to be a "rabid typist" to the executive who boasted that he was "instrumental in ruining the entire operation," misspellings communicate that you have poor writing skills or a lackadaisical attitude. Proofread your résumé carefully and have several friends and family members read it as well.

Last, remember that the purpose of your résumé is to communicate your experiences and accomplishments as they relate to an open position and to obtain a job interview. Because each situation is different, you should tailor your résumé to each opportunity.


公司的招聘人员介绍说,让你吃惊的是有那么多的求职者漏掉了重要事项,比如,曾工作公司的名称、地址;还有的画蛇添足,比如一位求职者在就业日期上加了着重星号。 更有甚者,“万勿误解,六年中虽然跳槽十二次,我却从未辞掉一份工作。”到底你的求职信是用来求职呢还是辞职?


1.遗漏职业简介或序言 大多数招聘公司无暇顾及语焉不详的求职信,所以求职信的职业简介或导言一定要开门见山,你申请什么职位,为什么能胜任这项工作。


你的求职信要通过公司的求职者分组软件的审查,其中的关键词和短语必须通过筛选。这些词不是需要强调的动词, 而是工作职称、技术技能等的名词。

如何寻找你要用哪些关键词呢,阅读招聘广告或招聘岗位的真实情况介绍。你也可以查阅一下杰伊.布洛克和迈克尔.伊莉莎白合著的《求职2500关键词》, 里面列举了极为重要的关键词,和应用范例。


3. 没有提供工作经历的证据




4. 人称代词和冠词的使用

仅用两页纸把自己推销出去,更须字斟句酌。书写时要简洁,避免使用人称代词和冠词。省去"I," "me" "my"这些词,不仅仅为了节省空间,而是为了在下意识里引起客观认同。


5. 无关的信息



6. 糟糕的布局







7. 版面和拼写错误




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