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Recruiters' Top 10 Resume Pet Peeves

 
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If this isn't a reprint, it certainly echoes others I've seen just like it.
Of course MY pet RECRUITER peeves are:
1. A bullet-point list of 18 items rarely found together (e.g. PCI-bus ethernet card design + mainframe COBOL) made a boolean operation - all or nothing.
2. Demands for unreasonable levels of experience where the product either didn't exist (9 years Java) or mutated so much over the term that it might as well not have (5 years J2EE).
3. Complete unwillingness to do some homework and accept that 5 years of DB/2 just MIGHT make one a reasonable match for 5 years of Oracle - at least if all that's required is applications programming.
Of course, that mostly just boils down to a complaint that they want the statistical improbability - a 100% exact math and won't give us any credit for intelligence or ability to learn, nor realize that a lot of the time, a close INexact match (speaking from experience may actually address more important issues that they DIDN'T demand.
But they have picked an ideal way to harvest lots of people willing to lie about their experience, as opposed to an honest candidate with a similar-but-not-identical skill set. Maybe even a superior one!
[ January 27, 2003: Message edited by: Tim Holloway ]
 
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My favorite under the category of unresonable experience was one on Monster that was asking for five years of C#.
 
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While complaints about recruiters are more than valid, the article could have just as easily been referring to any hiring manager who has to weed through resumes. As much as the complaints about recruiters are valid, so are the comments regarding resumes. We can't control the recruiters, but we certainly can control the little pieces of paper we send to them.
 
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I wouldn't be surprised to learn that there are indeed people 'lying' in their resume about 5 years experience in C# !!! Some people would go to any extent to get in the door ...
 
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People are stupid (shocker).
You can either get bothered by it, or simply feel lucky that you get more information with which to avoid working for stupid employers.
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Ah heck, my number one recruiter pet peeve is when they don't call. These guys are your best friend until you get your butt into the interview, it's only common courtesy to follow up with a 'thanks, we've gone another route'. How soon they forget, that with less and less jobs there's less and less need for recruiters...
 
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