What’s up with huge resumes these days? The company I work for has been hiring lately and so I usually end up interviewing one to two people a week. Lately I’ve been seeing huge resumes from developers. I mean like 9, 10, and 11 pages for guys with maybe 7-9 years of experience. I have 12 years of experience and my resume is at 3 pages or so. It might have gotten in to 4 but I’m going to start removing stuff from jobs beyond 10 years I think. They’re not relevant and just make the resume go on and on.
Anyways, back to the relevant stuff. These resumes just go on and on (and ON) with mind numbing detail such as, “Configured log4j properties files”. What??? Why would I care about that. Great, you can use log4j, I must want to hire you now. But seriously, they put way too much detail about what they have worked on and I want to take a nap before I get through 2 years of experience. I just want bulleted items of the important things they actually did and/or were responsible for. These people are also the ones that didn’t run spell check on their resume usually. Hint: Education is not spelled with two Ts. What’s worse is that most of these resumes come from recruiters. I actually think it’s the recruiters that tell these people to fluff up their resumes. The recruiters should get dinged for not even proof-reading the resumes. Or at least lose a few % of commission. It’s just pathetic.
Another fun little tidbit: In Microsoft Office, if you type “JBos” instead of “JBoss” it will correct it to “jobs”. Proofread please!