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Hiring Managers’ Pet Peeves: Jargon, Multi-Applying, More

Here’s what resume and job application quirks make hiring managers want to throw your application in the trash, courtesy of the Kansas City Star’s careers columnist:

  • Applicants who apply for several positions at the same company at the same time.

    “It’s an employers’ market. They can be very particular about finding the best fit for each job,” says Ann Mann, who advises people in job-transition programs, and who collected pet peeves from a “recruiter’s roundtable.” “If you apply to several different jobs at once, you look desperate and not discriminating.”

  • Jargon. “‘Don’t say you were a PM3 at Sprint,’ she warns. ‘Don’t even say you were a project manager. That’s overused. What kind of project did you manage?’”
  • Stalkers. ‘Nuff said.

More pet peeves at the original column.

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