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May 21, 2014

Many managers pass on job candidates for 1, 2 resumé mistakes: Survey

25 per cent say 1 error means 'no' pile
    
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Even in an era of typo-ridden texts and tweets, making a goof on your resumé can still prove costly, according to a survey of more than 300 Canadian senior managers by Accountemps.

Fifty-six per cent of Canadian senior managers said just one or two resumé typos would eliminate an applicant from consideration for a job. And employers' tolerance of errors hasn't changed much in the past five to eight years: 25 per cent said a single snafu would land a resumé in the "no" pile now, compared to 23 per cent in 2009 and 27 per cent in 2006.

"How many typos in a resumé does it take for you to decide not to consider a job candidate for a position with your company?"

2014

2009

2006

One

25%

23%

27%

Two

31%

28%

34%

Three

22%

22%

16%

Four or more

16%

19%

15%


Below are real-life resumé blunders collected by Robert Half, parent company of Accountemps:

•"My last employer fried me for no reason."
•"I am graduating this Maybe."
•"I am looking for my big brake."
•"Referees available upon request."
•"My talent will be very a parent when you see me work."
•"Objective: To secure a challenging position and accell in the accounting industry."
•"My three biggest hobbies are cars, racquetball, golf, and reading."
•"Work experience: academic tudor."
•"Earned a diploma from a very repudiated college."
•"Looking for a bass salary of $40,000."

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