5 months ago
January 9, 2024

10 Things Sales Industry Headhunters Hate to See on Resumes

We can all agree that a strong resume is the key to getting a call from headhunters. Your resume is the key to getting a job interview. So, it’s important…

Rhys Metler

We can all agree that a strong resume is the key to getting a call from headhunters. Your resume is the key to getting a job interview. So, it’s important to include all the elements sales headhunters are seeking and avoid the things recruiters hate to see on resumes. 

Here’s a list of things that sales headhunters generally dislike seeing on resumes:

1. Irrelevant Information

Including non-essential personal details or information unrelated to the job can clutter your resume and distract from your qualifications. Keep it focused on what’s relevant to the position.

2. Unprofessional Email Addresses:

A frivolous or unprofessional email address can create a negative first impression. Opt for a simple email address that reflects your professionalism.

3. Objective Statements

Traditional objective statements have become outdated. Instead, use a professional summary that highlights your key skills and accomplishments to grab the recruiter’s attention.

4. Excessive Jargon or Technical Terms

While showcasing your expertise is essential, using excessive jargon or technical terms can make your resume difficult to understand for those not familiar with your industry. Aim for clarity and simplicity.


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5. Large Blocks of Text

If you don’t like reading large blocks of text, neither do headhunters. Resumes should be concise and easy to skim. Large blocks of text can be overwhelming and may lead to important details being overlooked. Use bullet points and concise sentences to convey information.

6. Generic Resumes

Tailor your resume for each application. A generic resume lacks specificity and may fail to highlight the skills and experiences most relevant to the particular job you’re applying for.

7. Unexplained Employment Gaps

Unexplained gaps in employment history can raise red flags for recruiters. Provide brief, honest explanations for any gaps to build trust and demonstrate transparency.

8. Overemphasis on Soft Skills

While soft skills are important, a resume should primarily emphasize tangible achievements and hard skills. Focus on measurable results and specific accomplishments to showcase your qualifications.

9. Unverified Claims

Making unsubstantiated claims about your achievements or skills without providing evidence can be off-putting. Ensure you can provide examples or references to support any statements you make on your resume.

10. Unexplained Job Hopping

Frequent job changes without clear progression or reasons for each move can raise concerns. Be prepared to address any job-hopping patterns in your career during interviews or through a well-crafted cover letter.

If your resume includes any of the above, it’s time for a revision. Avoiding these pitfalls can help your resume make a positive impression on sales headhunters and increase your chances of moving forward in the hiring process.

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Rhys Metler

Rhys is a tenacious, top performing Senior Sales Recruiter with 15+ years of focused experience in the Digital Media, Mobile, Software, Technology and B2B verticals. He has a successful track record of headhunting top performing sales candidates for some of the most exciting brands in North America. He is a Certified Recruitment Specialist (CRS) and has expert experience in prospecting new business, client retention/renewals and managing top performing sales and recruitment teams. Rhys enjoys spending quality time with his wife, son, and daughters, BBQing on a hot summer day and tropical vacations.