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RHT Resume & Interview Deal Breakers

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A survey of CIOs reveals how tech talent can jeopardize their chances at a new job, right from the resume-submission process all the way through the interview.

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RHT Resume & Interview Deal Breakers

  1. 1. 14 Resume and Interview Deal Breakers And Tips for Tech Professionals to Succeed in a Job Search
  2. 2. © 2018 Robert Half Technology. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. Resume Deal Breakers 2 1. Frequent job hopping Tip: Be prepared to proactively explain your tenure with each organization. Was it for professional growth? A temporary contract? T T 2. Bad formatting, sloppiness or typos* Tip: Proofread! Errors like these are easy to avoid with a little extra time and effort. Take the extra step of having a trusted friend review the document to catch any mistakes you may have missed. Source: Robert Half Technology survey of more than 2,600 CIOs at companies in 26 major U.S. markets. *Denotes a tie.
  3. 3. © 2018 Robert Half Technology. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans.3 2. Too long or too much unnecessary information* Tip: Keep it short and simple. Only include your most significant contributions and the skills and experiences that are relevant to the position. 4. Not highlighting strategic thinking and business knowledge Tip: Avoid writing a lengthy task list from your previous positions. Instead, emphasize your accomplishments and explain how your efforts impacted the business. T T Resume Deal Breakers Source: Robert Half Technology survey of more than 2,600 CIOs at companies in 26 major U.S. markets. *Denotes a tie.
  4. 4. © 2018 Robert Half Technology. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans.4 5. Overuse of technical jargon Tip: While you may think including technical terms makes you look like an expert, use straightforward language to help hiring managers skim your resume for the skills and experience they seek. 6. Overly complicated Tip: HR may be the first to look at your resume, so make sure someone outside the technology industry can easily see how you’re a good fit for the position. Include a professional summary at the top, and use section headings and bullet points for easy navigation. Resume Deal Breakers Source: Robert Half Technology survey of more than 2,600 CIOs at companies in 26 major U.S. markets.
  5. 5. © 2018 Robert Half Technology. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans.5 7. No context around prior experience Tip: A long list of past responsibilities isn’t helpful if you don’t include how it helped the company’s bottom line. Describe projects and achievements in a way that highlights your skills and achievements. Resume Deal Breakers Want more resume tips? Learn how to write a stand-out resume in 7 easy steps: Source: Robert Half Technology survey of more than 2,600 CIOs at companies in 26 major U.S. markets. Robert Half Technology Blog
  6. 6. © 2018 Robert Half Technology. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. Interview Deal Breakers 6 1. Speaking negatively about past employers or managers Tip: Demonstrate professionalism and tact when talking about previous jobs. Negative comments will leave hiring managers with a bad feeling. 2. Poor body language Tip: Project confidence, strong soft skills and interest in the position by offering a firm handshake, making good eye contact and listening attentively throughout the meeting. Source: Robert Half Technology survey of more than 2,600 CIOs at companies in 26 major U.S. markets.
  7. 7. © 2018 Robert Half Technology. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. Interview Deal Breakers 7 3. Unprepared for technical questions Tip: While you can’t prepare for every question you may be asked, think about how your previous technical experience can apply to the new opportunity. 4. No clear understanding of the business* Tip: Do your research. Hiring managers want to see that you’re familiar with their business model, products, services and goals. Source: Robert Half Technology survey of more than 2,600 CIOs at companies in 26 major U.S. markets. *Denotes a tie.
  8. 8. © 2018 Robert Half Technology. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. Interview Deal Breakers 8 4. Ineffective explanation of career history* Tip: Study your resume and think about your past contributions to prepare for questions the employer may have about your previous experiences. This is your chance to highlight your successes and explain any red flags, like gaps in employment. 6. Unprofessional dress Tip: Your interview sets the stage for your potential success with a new employer. Make a strong first impression by wearing formal business attire regardless of the company’s dress code. Source: Robert Half Technology survey of more than 2,600 CIOs at companies in 26 major U.S. markets. *Denotes a tie.
  9. 9. © 2018 Robert Half Technology. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. Interview Deal Breakers 9 Source: Robert Half Technology survey of more than 2,600 CIOs at companies in 26 major U.S. markets. 7. No “thank you” or follow-up after the interview Tip: Always send a thank-you note or email shortly after the interview, relaying your appreciation for the hiring manager’s time, and reiterating your interest in and fit for the role. Made it through the first interview? Congrats! Learn what to expect and questions to anticipate in a second interview: Robert Half Technology Blog
  10. 10. For more job search tips, visit roberthalf.com/technology/blog.

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