There are certain things that potential employers see on a resume that act as “red flags’. Things that jump out, and instantly cast a pall of suspicion on an applicant.
Recently, the recruiters at Med Career News set out to describe some of these hiring red flags. While they are focused on the medical field, the types of things they’ve identified apply equally well to other industries.
Here, then are “5 Red Flags that Send Hiring Managers Running Away”:
When an employee is hired the idea is they are going to work hard and stay with the company who spent time and thousands of dollars to train them. When a resume shows a person only spends a year or two at each job it is a warning sign to recruiters that you are a job hopper and will not stay long at the position. Something to consider when you are deciding when to look for your next job.
No Dates of Employment
Having no dates of employment is a similar problem as being a job hopper. If you do not put dates of employment on a resume, hiring managers may make the wrong assumption. Ideally a person should stay at a job for 5 plus years.
Gaps in Employment
Once the dates are on your jobs, they must be in chronological order. If there is a gap with no employment, hiring managers take notice. Managers want to see you are a consistent and steady employee. If you have a reasonable explanation for a gap, put it on your resume; don’t leave a hiring manager wondering.
No College Degree
Obviously if the position you are applying for says no college degree is required this is not a problem. However, 65 percent of job postings mandate them. If you do not have a degree listed, you may not get a phone call to interview.
Holding More Than One Job at a Time
When an employee is hired for a full time job hiring managers want to see commitment to the position. If in the past you worked two positions at the same time, this may be a sign to a hiring manager that you will lack devotion.”
Now, don’t panic if one or more of these things apply to you. Just be aware that they are potential problems – and things you should be prepared to explain.
If you are starting out, and building your resume, try to avoid situations that will one day act as red flags.
For instance, taking a “lesser” job while searching for the perfect one will help you to avoid having gaps in your resume.
If you’re working multiple jobs to make ends meet, make a note of this on your resume, and make sure you have glowing referrals from both employers.
Overall, think about how the choices you make today will look to those who are evaluating you tomorrow.