How to Decode a Resume

How to Decode a Resume

By Jennifer Gladstone

Have you ever read something on a resume that sounds off, but you just can’t put your finger on why?

Career Builder once did a survey that shed some light on the best and worst resume terms. It turns out you aren’t the only person who is sick of reading that a job candidate is a “jack of all trades” or can “think outside of the box”. Resumes are so bloated these days with buzzwords that it can be hard to tell what is real and what is fluff.

Some job candidates embellish details of previous work responsibilities, making the mundane sound more exciting, while others might outright lie about the work that they did. The more you read through, the harder it can become to separate fact from fiction or quality from quantity.

To help keep your mind fresh and help weed out the bad prospects, we have put together a list of those ambiguous sayings or red flags that might be hidden between the lines of your next job candidate. Get to the bottom of what their resume is really saying with this handy guide.

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When hiring new employees, although an applicant might be stretching the truth on a resume, the real details can be uncovered with an employee background check.

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About the Author

Jennifer Gladstone

Jennifer Gladstone

Jennifer Gladstone is a news anchor and journalist with more than 20 years of experience in front of the camera. She's worked in several markets, large and small, and has performed nearly every task needed in a newsroom. As EBI’s Screening News Editor, she keeps EBI’s customers and blog subscribers up to date on the latest screening news and legislative alerts affecting companies of all sizes.

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