Resumes Flooding Hiring Managers for Open Slots

January 11, 2007 ( - If you're applying for a job these days, you can count on not being alone when you submit your resume to a hiring manager.

In fact, according to a recent survey by employment Web site, just over a quarter (27%) of human resource (HR) managers say they receive more than 50 resumes, on average, for each open position, according to a news release. More than one-in-ten (13%) HR managers receive more than 100 resumes per job opening.

When evaluating candidates’ applications, 77% of HR managers surveyed say they look for relevant experience. They also frequently consider a candidate’s ability to demonstrate specific accomplishments (48%) and whether the resumes are customized to the open position (41%).

HR managers also frequently search for keywords when screening resumes. Top-searched keywords include:

  • Problem-solving/decision making (56%).
  • Leadership (44%).
  • Oral/written communications (40%).
  • Team-building (33%); and
  • Performance and productivity improvement (31%).

“In today’s competitive job market, it’s essential for a candidate’s resume to be flawless,” said Richard Castellini, vice president of consumer marketing for, in the news release. “To ensure your resume is error-free, be sure to proofread, proofread, proofread.”

Not surprisingly, 63% of HR managers report that spelling errors are the most annoying mistakes they see on resumes. Other top errors include:

  • Resumes not customized to the position (30%),
  • Lies (23%),
  • Including too many insignificant details on job responsibilities (21%), and
  • Resumes that are more than two pages long (21%).

The survey was conducted online in the US by Harris Interactive between November 17 and December 11, 2006 among 360 hiring managers ages 18 and over. More information is at .