Canadian tech execs reveal the top resume and job interview blunders candidates make

Many of the hottest jobs right now are in IT and technology-related fields. Given the current low unemployment rate employers are struggling to find the highly-skilled professionals they need to fill these roles.

There are hundreds of technology positions available right now on CareerBeacon.

So, if you’re a tech worker with the all latest acronyms on your resume, does that mean you are sure to land any gig that you try for? Unfortunately not. A new survey of hundreds of Canadian Chief Information Officers has revealed the most common ways that IT candidates blow their own chances of getting hired.

Over 270 CIOs were asked to rank the top reasons that they would remove a candidate from consideration for a position.

One question they were asked was: “When reviewing resumes, which of the following would most likely cause you to remove a candidate from consideration?”

Tech execs said the biggest resume red flags are frequent job hopping (43 per cent); too much unnecessary information (19 per cent); and not providing enough context around prior experience (18 per cent).

Top resume deal-breakers:

    • Frequent job hopping for a non-consultant candidate – 43%
    • Too long or too much unnecessary information – 19%
    • No context around prior experience – 18%
    • Not highlighting strategic thinking and business knowledge – 8%
    • Overly complicated – 5%
      • Bad formatting, sloppiness or typos – 4%

    Overuse of technical jargon – 4%

    Deborah Bottineau, director at Robert Half Technology notes that while frequent job moves may be more common in today’s technology workforce, some employers are wary of investing time and resources in hiring applicants who may not stick around. “If you’re changing roles often, be prepared to show how the variety of positions augment your skill set and make you an ideal candidate for long-term success at the company,” she said.

    See how to get the career and salary benefits from job hopping (without the negative reputation).

    When it comes to the interview stage, the CIOs said that the biggest blunder candidates make is speaking negatively about past employers or managers (27 per cent), followed by poor body language (23 per cent) and ineffective explanation of their career history (21 per cent).

    Tech execs were asked specifically, “When conducting an in-person interview, which of the following would most likely cause you to remove a candidate from consideration?”

    Job interview deal-breakers:

      • Speaking negatively about past employers or managers – 27%
      • Poor body language, such as no eye contact or a weak handshake – 23%
      • Ineffective explanation of career history – 21%
      • No clear understanding of the business – 12%
        • Unprepared for technical questions – 12%

      Unprofessional dress – 4%

      “To get the attention of potential employers, technology candidates must be able to demonstrate how their unique expertise will provide value to the business from day one,” said Deborah Bottineau. “By customizing resumes to highlight specific skills related to the open position and preparing to discuss tangible professional contributions and experiences in the interview, candidates will stand out for their competence and enthusiasm for the role.”

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