Bad resumes/good resumes *rant* - page 4

by mclennan 11,715 Views | 56 Comments

I'm assisting with hiring a new case manager RN and would like to vent about the HORRIBLE quality resumes I am seeing in the mile high stack we're reading through. #1 problem: basic spelling, grammar, punctuation and command... Read More


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    Quote from amygarside
    It can really be frustrating to see that resumes are done haphazardly. It can make you think twice about hiring this applicants because if they are not careful about the resume they send, how can they be careful about taking care of the patients.
    "... these applicants ... the resumes they send .... "

    However, if you have meant to write "this applicant," you must correct the rest of your sentence to read, "this applicant, because if he is not careful about the resume he sends, how can he be careful about ..."

    Plural : plural; singular : singular.
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    I'm in the "middle of the road" on this one. I can understand the ocassional typo, grammar error, etc. ... and think it foolish to not consider an otherwise strong candidate who made 1 or 2 little mistakes in writing. BUT, I feel strongly that the people whose resumes demonstrate that they are either careless or lack the ability to comminicate in written English are giving a bad impression of themselves -- and I don't want to hire them. We need to set and maintain higher standards for the nursing profession.

    When you are getting dozens (in some cases, hundreds) of applications for each open position, there is no way that each applicant can be interviewed. You have to have some criteria to do that initial screening to get the applicant pool down to a managable size. People who can't take the time or make the effort to write a decent resume make easy targets.

    I don't understand why a job seeker would NOT want to use their resume to make a positive impression. If your writing skills are weak, get some help. It's a reasonable expectation that everyone should be able to meet. Those who don't bother to meet it are "asking" to be eliminated early in the competition for the job. I don't want to hire anyone who doesn't have enough common sense to realize that.
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    @GrnTea, I would cry at my grammatical failures, but I'm already in an emotional drought, I love you all, and hope you meet your hiring needs!

    I'm off to remedial English training secondary to poorly paid "Southern US Rural School Teachers(with too many students)" (I didn't even proofread this post by the way. So rip it apart, just don't expect me to hurt- you can't can't get blood from a turnip)*

    I think I am the only one in the whole thread who admitted being imperfect, especially now. I am just glad I didn't have MORE errors!!!

    Actually, I did have to do more than one resume for the friend in question (friend's), because she wasn't willing to work Sundays. Her husband was a Minister, and I was just the resume slave. The rest of the grammar I butchered, Lol!!

    *(hukt en foniks pheld mee!!) ...and so did Apple's spell and grammar check!!!!
    Last edit by BostonTerrierLoverRN on Jan 2, '13 : Reason: Wanted a smiley face
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    Quote from GrnTea
    In US punctuation, the period is enclosed in the quotation marks. "... fill out in person." "To drum up" is a reference to the time when drums sounding on the town green brought out the militia. One can therefore drum up more applicants, but cannot drum up a pool.
    The period does NOT always fall within the quotation marks. So if you are going to judge, get your facts straight. Sheesh, who the heck cares about little grammar and spelling mistakes on an online forum?! Enough with the nonsense. Again, multiple mistakes on a resume = forget about it. ONE minor error, I will give you a chance if the quality is great. The OP stated "one typo". Ridiculous. Note the period correctly placed AFTER the quotation mark.
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    Quote from GrnTea
    Your friend wrote more than one resume? And your friend has a multiple personality disorder?(That would be "...my friends' resumes for them..." or "..my friend's resumes (or resume, if you only did one) for him..."Also, one does not properly capitalize "high school diploma" or "resume" (an earlier post). ::sigh::
    OK, I admit. This DID make me giggle.
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    I agree completely with llg (as usual ). While I wouldn't drop someone otherwise well-qualified from consideration because of one typo on a resume', if it is a more significant problem than that I have to wonder about the individual's general judgment and work ethic.
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    Quote from Orion81
    The period does NOT always fall within the quotation marks. So if you are going to judge, get your facts straight. Sheesh, who the heck cares about little grammar and spelling mistakes on an online forum?! Enough with the nonsense. Again, multiple mistakes on a resume = forget about it. ONE minor error, I will give you a chance if the quality is great. The OP stated "one typo". Ridiculous. Note the period correctly placed AFTER the quotation mark.


    Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, 2003. Periods and commas precede closing quotation marks, whether double or single. This is a traditional style, in use well before the first edition of this manual (1906). As nicely expressed in William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White's Elements of Style, "Typographical usage dictates that the comma be inside the [quotation] marks, though logically it often seems not to belong there" (p. 36, see bibliog. 1.1). ...


    The Associated Press Guide to Punctuation, 2003. Commas and periods always go inside quotation marks, although they can be replaced on that spot by an exclamation point or question mark. Normally, these two, as well as the dash and the semicolon, go outside the quotation unless they are part of the quoted statement. Didn't Shakespeare have Mark Antony say, "I have come to bury Caesar, not to praise him"? (Outside, because the question mark applies to the whole sentence.)
    Gertrude Stein once asked, "What is the question?" (Inside; part of the quote.)

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    The topic of this thread is the unprofessional nature of the resumes that are being submitted and in their personal opinion what needs to be done to improve the submitters chance of getting a job.

    I'm not to much the grammar police here on AN as we host nurses from all over the world that come here and must speak English and with the use of smart phones....that auto-correct to some unusual sentences that are not always correct...and the difficulty in texting and using proper punctuation. I don't' let it bug me until the use of txt speak...which is a violation of the TOS.

    Lets stick to the subject of the thread which is the quality of resumes we have seen sent in for consideration for a position and not a lesson in English and grammar....
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    Thank goodness for Esme12, the voice of reason.
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    Now can we delve into the appropriateness of Elle's "Scented" resume in "Legally Blonde?" It got her into Law School! I'm thinking a nice crisp 'Apple-Citrus-Cinnamon' scent this close to the Holidays

    I mean that beats a stale cigarette smell and coffee stains, huh?(Even on the perfectly written one).
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