Resume Review Tips For Hiring Managers: The Resume Red Flags

Posted by Andy Dunscombe on Aug 12, 2015 8:39:00 AM


In our most recent piece of premium content, How To Be a Resume Detective, we put resumes under the magnifying glass to help hiring managers get a better sense of the candidates that have submitted for their jobs. Well, I'm back with my trusty resume magnifying glass, this time with a stronger prescription to take a closer look at the Resume Red Flags.

In our (free, by they way) Resume Detective guide, we explained the most egrigious of resume red flags. These usual suspects earn resumes a lifetime sentence in the trusty cylindrical file perched under a hiring manager's desk. Typos, poor grammar, brightly colored paper and fancy fonts have no right being on a resume, and thus a hiring manager should not have to waste their time on any resume featuring them.

There are a few other resume repeat offenders that, from time to time, may come across a hiring manager's desk. In an article on, Susan Heathfield adds to our most wanted list of resume career criminals. These include the following:

Taking Advantage of the Current Employer

Check that email address. If the domain name (the part after the @ symbol) is for the candidate's current employer, this candidate may very well be conducting their job search on the current employer's time. Would you want a candidate doing the same thing to your company? Plus, email addresses are free and very simple to set up. There is no reason why a candidate should not be using their own, personal email address.

The Funny/Quirky Email Address

While we are on the subject of email addresses, they should be of a professional nature. We've discussed this before, but there is a place for the funny or quirky email address, and that place was back in middle school. Email addresses should see a progression as one gets older, much like a person should. My email addresses evolved from the name of my favorite rap album (spelled incorrectly), to a silly nickname paired with my graduation year, and finally, a professional email consisting of a version of my government name. 

Lack of Resume Customization

Usually more telling when it comes to a cover letter, a resume can suffer from a lack of customization as well. If a candidate chooses to include an objective in their resume, this objective should match up to the job description. Ms. Heathfield notes that applicants who have a customized resume "have the opportunity to tell you they have researched and understand your company and your business." If the resume seems generic, you can bet that this resume has been sent out in the exact format to many other companies.

For more information on how to thoroughly review a resume, download our free guide, How To Be A Resume Detective.

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