No we are not idiots. You read the headline correctly.

The headline of this entry is the text a (not-so) potential employee sent as a lead-in to his resume. What made it a little worse, is  a few of the resumes came from a recruiter.

This candidate, through his lack of attention to grammar, didn’t get a resume read past the first few lines — although it did make for a great bank shot in a game of garbage can basketball.

A resume is a reflection of a person’s professional experience, professional acumen, career accomplishments and future goals. It explains through well-placed action words and descriptive adjectives a story of a person’s professional past and gives insight into the progression of one’s goals, business maturity and overall ambition.

A great hiring manager knows how to read between the lines of a resume and make some pretty accurate assumptions on a person’s self-respect, pride in work as well as their loyalty and dedication to the companies the person’s worked for in the past.

So as a result of the onslaught of terrible resumes received for our sales manager positions, it seems like a good idea to review a few things every single person – even a CEO – looks for when thumbing through candidates looking for the perfect person.

Lose the Grammar & Spelling Mistakes.
Today, there is no reason whatsoever to have grammar and/or spelling mistakes in a resume.

Unless you’re carving your resume on a stone tablet and can’t fix a mistake, errors in a resume show a lack of refinement, professionalism and most importantly, self-respect.

What grammar and spelling mistakes also emphasize is that a candidate is not details-oriented and does not know how to use simple word processing programs.

Get Down to Business – Quickly.
A hiring manager’s time is money. Keep your resume relevant, concise and extremely clear. Be respectful of a person’s time and realize that if your resume is more than a page long, it might not get looked at.

Fill In the Gaps.
Gaps in employment raise major red flags. It is acceptable to say that you were unemployed, took a professional sabbatical or that you took time off to explore other ambitions.

Don’t Be a Bore.
If reading a phone book is more interesting than reading your resume, don’t even bother sending it.

Your resume is a place to showcase your unique talents and one-of-a-kind professional experiences. Use it to prove to a hiring manager that you like to take chances, enjoy helping across multiple groups and know how to innovate and be creative.

A resume that doesn’t put a manager to sleep is more likely to get a candidate an interview than one that requires a double-shot of espresso just to read through.

Show Me the Money.
In the time it takes a hiring manager to read through a resume, he can predict whether you, as an employee will cost the company money, make the company cash and/or add to the company’s future earning ability.

This isn’t done through a person’s incessant bragging but how one gives facts about job performance and advancement. Use your resume to tell a story describing how your efforts, ideas and implementations made your previous employers shine in the marketplace.

Because as we all know, it’s all about the bottom line.

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