Blunderous CVs head to dustbin, knock out jobs

By SiliconIndia  |   Friday, 31 July 2009, 03:10 Hrs   |    33 Comments
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Blunderous CVs head to dustbin, knock out jobs
Bangalore: Recession is in, jobs are a rarity, but applicants are plenty. In such a cut throat race the need to have an error free CV (Curriculum Vitae) is very important. "Candidates today are trying to make their resumes different and impressive, so that they stand out. In the process, they end up making major blunders. A badly written resume ends up in the dustbin, completely knocking out the candidate's chance of getting a job," says Surabhi Mathur Gandhi, General Manager, Permanent Staffing, TeamLease Services.

A recent research done by TeamLease Services, a staffing company found that 90 percent of the randomly selected 500 CVs had 'some or the other form of error.' With piles of job applications available to HR managers, it is doubtful if erroneous CVs would be entertained.

Here are few of the top blunders made in a resume:

1. Biography: Marital Status - Yes

2. I laugh easily, but do not suffer fools gladly. I expect the same effort as others as I give myself.

3. Weakness: Fresher

4. Interests: Open to learn, make others laugh and feel happy, enjoys the nature.

5. Family details: Father - Death

6. Objective: To always spread positively within the branch and reduce the grape vine.

7. Notice Period: Minimum two (1) month.

8. Career Objective: To consistently develop by learning and sharing skills with a focus on the ultimate objective in order to achieve higher goals in conjunction with the growth of the organization and to set a name and be recognized in the industry.

9. Marital Status: Marriage

10. Profile: To prepare the whole film production plane and financing plane.

11. Contact Email: www.aradhana@rediffmail.com

12. Areas of strength: My background to date has been centered on grooming myself as a well-rounded person.

13. I am quietly forceful, original and sensitive.

14. Languages known: English (Good), Malayalam (Native), Hindi and Tamil.

15. Career Objective: Seeking a final placement in any organization to untilize the plethora of skills I have developed during my whole career.


The study revealed that many resumes are written in great haste and no attention is paid to detail. Candidates in an attempt to impress go overboard and consequently make a mockery of their bio-data. "The situation worsens when candidates make silly mistakes due to sheer oversight and sometimes overconfidence. A CV is the first piece of information about a candidate that reaches the potential recruiter. It is always advisable to have one's bio-data proof read and checked by professionals, or someone proficient in English," adds Surabhi.

So, is your CV blunder free?

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Reader's comments(33)
1: great !!!
Posted by:Flt Lt Anupam Goel - 12 Aug, 2009
2: First of all, I would like to thank SI to share this valuable info.

I've gone through all the comments. After being into recruitment for one and a half year, I would say, a consultant looks at the person's resume thoroughly to check on desired skill set and then check on other details.

As an HR Consultant I guide the candidates as to what are the mistakes in their resumes and what exactly should be the content. In fact, many a times, I've corrected the resumes myself.

What I've realized from my small stint in recruitment is, "What matters at the end of the day is that if you've find the right person. Although communication plays a vital role in selection, but first priority is given to the skill-set. Eg: For a developer, communication is important when the profile requires him to be the contact point of the clients"

Also, for the candidates who neglect communication to be a check list for selection, I would say, there is nothing wrong in admitting for bad communication rather than getting reject because of it. It is always good to realize the weakness and improve on it.

All the best buddies!

Keep Finding Right.

Meenal Gupta, Recruitment Executive, Spectrum Consultants India Pvt. Ltd, Bangalore
Posted by:Meenal - 10 Aug, 2009
3:
Thanks to SI and Meenal putting your valuable suggestion upfront for Career starters and strugglers as well.

I am working as a Staffing Specialist for US process.

Few things every student need to think before hitting a job.

1. Please know your passion: Please waste your time to know your passion, but dont waste your time for developing the passion.

2. Reading and Browsing: Read as many books you can and browse the relevant data or info you need, dont sit infront of the computer just to chat, flirt or watch pronography. Reading articles gives a great information and atleast you are updated what's going in and around the world interms of IT.

If you are not confident about your english communication skills, please invest some money and take a great training. Without this please dont go for other countries just to whipe off your parent tears or just for just time pass. I see in a day around 200-300 resumes, there are many H1's who cannot speak a word in english need a job in US. I dont know what to say them, there are many moments where i told them upfront about there communication skills, but as a recruiter we feel very bad to raise a finger on the candidate who is in need of job.

3) Resume preparation: Make it sensable with no spelling errors, because recruiter will not have time to see each and every resume or do a spell check as he needs to close many positions inturn your resume will be moved to recycle Bin or just kept aside atleast not having a phone call from the recruiter. Make it more specific and whatever you think which gives you a great weightage put that in the resume. Any doubts you can contact people who knows a better english or who has good years of industry experience.

There are manythings to share however i feel these are the basics.

Any doubts you can mail me @chevendra@in.com i would be more than happy to clear those....

Regards
Raja
Raja Replied to: Meenal - 30 Aug, 2009
4: Resume' writing is passe'.C'mon guys/gals in India "jago re jago".What you require today is a skill set which highlights ALL the skills you may have acquired over a time period.Your skills have nothing to do with your fancy degrees you may have earned over a time period.For example if you know how to fly an aeroplane then you may be eligible for the pilots job (though subsequently you will be formally trained by your employer to dovetail your skill into his organisation).I know many guys who are computer freaks but they have No formal education in their skill set field. These days organisations prefer to employ such guys than those who have just theoretical knowledge. These skills may or may not be suitable for the post you may have applied for.This new process automatically narrows down the search for both the job seekers, as well as, the prospective employers.This way NO applicant can cheat about his skills, which is often being done by cooking up Resume's.
Posted by:paul adams - 01 Aug, 2009
5:
It is true that grammatical and spelling mistake or say obvious mistakes in CVs should never be entertained. But this should not be the only criteria in choosing the aspirants. In big country like India where still 60-70% population live in villages and does their basic schooling in local language, you cann\'t expect them to be adept in writing english. I believe MNC should focus more on their JOB requirements rather than useless english prophiciency, and based on that aspirants should be shorlisted. Someone heading for pure technical profile, what is the need of knowing A to Z of english grammer or profound oratory skill in english, for Christ sake, its not a call centre. Manageable english is enough.
Just to tell you, nobody in world speaks worst english than Korean and Japanese do. Still they have the best of MNCs in electronic market. Its not like you will stop buying their products just because their english is bad or you can find some alien character or badly phrased english sentences in their commodities
It is more with we indians where english is given such a commanding emplacement, where person\'s smartness or intelligence level is judged based on his/her english proficiency.
Who knows you might be missing some very intelligent and good brain because of obsessiveness in beautifully drafted English CV.
I have personally met few people from remote villages of Bihar and Andhra whose english is not good at all but very good technical aspects. They are just too good.

I hope someday time will come when people will be able to draft their CVs in local languages.
Kamal AKA Skidrowk Replied to: paul adams - 05 Aug, 2009
6: Please avoid using BIO-DATA. That was a old ususage and literally it means, data about plants. We human beings can call it resume.
Posted by:raju BG - 31 Jul, 2009
7: Ya folks. am a technical trainer and i came across a person who had faked in the resume about his experience. In the Experience field - He had mentioned worked for 2 years in Dell(Malaysia) - 2003-2005. I found out he was faking by seeing his passout year and college mentioned as: KPIT bangalore - 2004.
"Sometimes people tend to spell some silly stuff as really serious on Resume".
Posted by:Ashok Kumar N Rao - 31 Jul, 2009
8: Published by "resume writing service" and nothing else.
Posted by:Iqbal - 31 Jul, 2009
9: Excellent! Companies dump the Blunderous CV\'s in the dustbin, dump the people who are lacking in intelligent and creativity in the companies. Result dump the whole organisation in the dustbin.

It all depends on the designation and job profile, a software developer is more intelligent in technical skills but lacking much in English skills or mistakes in CV, could you avoid the man for the company? yes the big companies done the same mistake the reason the small and mid size companies came into competition on power with the Big Brothers in the same field.

The job profile more into writing or framing of mails or talking to the clients or customers directly then its logic to go for error less resumes or nil mistake while talking.Especially country like India English is a second language you cannot access the person\'s intelligence or creativity in the resume or writing skills.

I know some of the top level or middle level employees who are most worst in English but still rules the company and makes the company into profit.

The gimmicks of the Management Consultancy companies and none clarification in the Organizational Development techniques are the real reasons for create a situation of \"Most Intelligent people but Less Speaking or Writing Skills are in the Streets of Job seekers\"
Posted by:Rajarathinam - 31 Jul, 2009
10:
I was going write almost in same direction as Mr.Rajarathinam mentioned above. Good points he made.
Manoj K Chandran Replied to: Rajarathinam - 02 Aug, 2009
11:
Nice comment by Rajarathinam...maza aagaya...

i absolutely agree with you...
aashish Replied to: Rajarathinam - 31 Jul, 2009
12: Very well written and comments are also valuable. Around 85% resume get dumped after the first look. So resume should be created that it should leave a positive impression on interviewer. There should be a sync with the requirement of the jon and the experience of the candidate. Only then it would make think interviewer to pass the resume to the next level.
Posted by:Sanjay - 30 Jul, 2009
13: i think Mr. Sudheer is right.
Posted by:bharat - 30 Jul, 2009
14: I loved the part of the Marital Status, its like... the prospective employer asks:
Whats your marital status?
Candidate: Yes.
Ahh, I asked whats your marital status?
Candidate: Yes!
Come on, what yes? Tell me your marital status?
Yes?
Ahh... I think you dont understand marital status, do you?
Marriage :)

Posted by:xpcc93 - 30 Jul, 2009
15:
Marital status should be 'married' or 'single'. Yes is not the correct answer
sudhakar Replied to: xpcc93 - 31 Jul, 2009
16: Well, dumping the resume is a natural thing by the employers after the first scrutiny. The blunders mentioned here are really blunders, but otherwise there are many many more mistakes in the resume, which can be found easily. The causes can be hastiness, insufficient knowledge, no reviews etc. One should get the resumes reviewed by experts or experienced industry professionals, before putting them across and then blaming somebody.
Posted by:Sameer Baweja - 30 Jul, 2009
17: It is just blaming the eJob seekers instead of employers, simply to show their identity in the market they are calling for interviews and pu ting cv\'s in dust bin, I dont believe at all about mistakes mentioned, because now a days everybody is having enough knowledge to prepare CV
Posted by:Sudheer - 30 Jul, 2009
18:
More than mistakes the need for experts in work and right talent poaching is still existing......for all critical recruitments the core of work content is more bothered than the vocabulary. This resume-writing funda is all big money making racket by these job sited.
Necessity know no rules.........
Asha Replied to: Sudheer - 31 Jul, 2009
19:
That's true Sudheer. I too don't think, there can be this many errors. Now Resume making market also in good boom ..
I have seen a resume prepared by a Job site, which still have many errors and font mismatch and so many spelling mistakes. Then how can we believe these resume reviewers also. Whom you believe?
After paying 1000 Rs for a Resume maker, what you can tell to them once they tell that their service is over.
Chandan Replied to: Sudheer - 31 Jul, 2009
20:
Are you kidding me? Send me yours - I'll bet I can locate at least ten mistakes. I've gotten CV's not only with simple typos and grammatical errors, but what about the outright lies? The people who simply cut & paste other people's information off the internet? Some people are so lazy, they don't even bother to pull the other person's name/companies out of the cut & pasted content! OMG.

If you intend to send that CV to an MNC, you'd better write in English, not Hinglish.

TMI - Too much information. As a hiring manager, I don't care if you like to write poetry, enjoy long walks on the beach, are O+ blood type, or hope one day to have two daughters. I want to know you can do the job, not be social.

And, for the love of god, if you write a cover letter or email, don't use SMS text! Professionals expect professional writing in ALL contact. ALL. Email counts.
jeanneleez Replied to: Sudheer - 30 Jul, 2009
21:
It is true that grammatical and spelling mistake or say obvious mistakes in CVs should never be entertained. But this should not be the only criteria in choosing the aspirants. In big country like India where still 60-70% population live in villages and does their basic schooling in local language, you cann't expect them to be adept in writing english. I believe MNC should focus more on their JOB requirements rather than useless english prophiciency, and based on that aspirants should be shorlisted. Someone heading for pure technical profile, what is the need of knowing A to Z of english grammer or profound oratory skill in english, for Christ sake,its not a call centre. Manageable english is enough.
Just to tell you, nobody in world speaks worst english than Korean and Japanese do. Still they have the best of MNCs in electronic market. Its not like you will stop buying their products just because their english is bad or you can find some alien character or badly phrased english sentences in their commodities
It is more with we indians where english is given such a commanding emplacement, where person's smartness or intelligence level is judged based on his/her english proficiency.
Who knows you might be missing some very intelligent and good brain because of obsessiveness in beautifully drafted English CV.
I have personally met few people from remote villages of Bihar and Andhra whose english is not good at all but very good technical aspects. They are just too good.

I hope someday time will come when people will be able to draft their CVs in local languages.
kamal AKA skidrowk Replied to: jeanneleez - 05 Aug, 2009
22:
Cool.Thanks for your comments.I consider that is only your openion, You may or may not find the mistakes in my CV, because my CV is shortlisted in many MNC's like IBM, HP, Accenture, I believe my skills in preparation of CV is enough for MNC's. Generation is totally changed. Olden days Job seekers are roam around the companies with bunch of CVs, now Companies are paying to Naukri and Monster and get the data base of Job seekers, Companies are roam around Job seekers, You many not agree with others openions, because in this world more than 600 Crores of people are there, everybody has their own openion, opneions may not match each other, but we must follow the truth.... Thanks for Reading
Sudheer Replied to: jeanneleez - 30 Jul, 2009
23:
Look Sudhir, your own English is not ok.. grammer and spelling
Arijit Replied to: Sudheer - 31 Jul, 2009
24:
This is not meant to be directed at you, Sudheer. It's just an example of the situation hiring managers, particularly those at MNC's, face every day. Shall we, for example, use the contents of your post?

Cool. (error #1: No space) Thanks for your comments. (error #2: No space) I consider that (error #3: grammar "this" of remove "I consider") is only your openion (error #4: spelling "opinion"), (error #5: comma should be full stop) You may or may not find the mistakes in my CV, because my CV is shortlisted in many MNC's...

I stopped at five, but could certainly go on. Your CV may be "shortlisted", but if an American at an MNC is reading it, it won't stay there for long. Especially when competition is high, taking even more care, being just that more diligent, could be all that makes the difference between the shortlist and the dustbin.
jeanneleez Replied to: Sudheer - 31 Jul, 2009
25:
Jeanneleez: Hurray! I wholly see eye to eye with you.

I work for US Staffing, many H1’s don’t know how to write there resume nor how to explain there job responsibilities. I don’t know how come a person needs a job in US without communication skills or atleast he cannot explain about his project. Why the hell he need to travel thousands of KM from India to other countries just to do there MS. If they are capable of doing it in US why can’t they do it from India?
Present situation many of OPT’s (MS Pass out) and H1s were struggling like a hell for the job they keep on blame the companies and Hiring Managers. But no one review there skills and see where they stand.

Please remember: Recruiters or Hiring Managers were not heartless creatures. Recruiters, all the day they keep on talking to the candidates and helping them to prepare for an interview. Hiring Managers, after having a long terrific pressurized when they see a simple mistakes like this every human being gets pissed off. If you are not the one then please consult a doctor and take a proper medication. If the selected person doesn’t do well, I know the back to back pressure from the managers what the interview panel will have. Please don’t call English as bloody or dam, its playing a major role and creating a massive manpower need for our country in giving a bread and butter.

I don’t want to spoil the chain out here, if anyone needs more clarification can send me an email Chevendra@in.com

Jai Hind……
RAJA Replied to: jeanneleez - 30 Aug, 2009
26:
awesome dialogue between u two. but during postin no one checks their grammar since it is informal. But still if u want awesome with a capital A and 'you' to be used instead of "u"...and findin the missin "g" in the adverbs...go ahead...u r the hiring manager.
No offence but the information shared will still be useful to all
Rakesh Replied to: jeanneleez - 01 Aug, 2009
27: This is insane! I pity on the recruiters as they have to bear such CV's.
Posted by:Commentator - 30 Jul, 2009
28: These are the most hilarious bloopers I have read! how can one make such mistakes?
Posted by:hamida - 30 Jul, 2009
29:
Can someone quickly point out the do-not's or take-care's in ones resume excluding such silly mistakes described above
dwb Replied to: hamida - 30 Jul, 2009
30:
I can't believe 90% of the resumes have these sort of mistakes as hilarious is just one aspect of it, the other and the big one is stupidity and it is really hard to accept that such a huge chunk of our work force is stupid.
Gaurav Saxena Replied to: hamida - 30 Jul, 2009
31:
I agree Gaurav, not only in resume, many persons spoken english helps recruiters to evaluate the capablity of applicants and reject / proceed further in few minutes.
As i am a running a small consultancy services, i use to select job aspriants in same manner.
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