The biggest resume red flags - according to a recruitment expert

Breanna Robinson
Tuesday 11 May 2021 19:09

Many of us have filled out countless job applications to no avail. Could our resumes actually be filled with red flags and employer repelling issues without us even realizing it? One expert says yes.

Jonathan Javier, a Los Angeles-based recruitment expert and CEO of Wonsulting went viral after divulging some of the biggest résumé mistakes people make and how they can be fixed in a series of TikTok videos.

Javier’s advice in his videos addresses everything from aesthetics - such as the lack of proper formatting - to vague descriptions of current and previous work.

If you want your resume to look the part, he says, you should not leave too much whitespace. Instead, use those margins for bulletpoints so that you can share as much relevant information about your candidacy as possible in a single page.

Don’t go over that: “No recruiter will read this long of a resume. Be sure to be clear and concise!”

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Other design errors include pictures and colorful subheads. It might catch the eye for a second, but it will ultimately distract from the key thing - you!

Using the correct language and grammar is, of course, important for landing the job of your dreams. He said that using action verbs is the best way to describe what you do in your current role. For jobs that have already ended, make sure all verbs are in the past tense.

He added that you should use words that describe the specific impact you made at a company. Instead of ‘helped’, use the more specific ‘created’. Instead of ‘assisted’, use ‘developed’. Instead of ‘had’, use ‘conducted’.

Founded in 2019, Wonsulting has helped people find jobs in top companies such as  Google, Facebook, Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, and many more.

They also offer interview preparation, job assistance searches, LinkedIn Strategies, and compensation negotiation tips for job seekers.

And if after all of that advice you still need help - check out the resume he shared as the perfect example.

You can watch the videos here.

What are your thoughts about Jonathan Javier’s résumé tips?