By Kim Bassett
As a hospital CEO, I’ve seen many resumes come across my desk — from physicians to clerical staff – and the red flags remain the same regardless of the position. Don’t give your prospective employer any excuse to eliminate your resume before you get the interview! Here are my top 5 red flags:
Top red flags:
1. Frequent relocation without explanation. This often signifies something is amiss. Employers look at each employee as an investment of time and resources. Constantly changing jobs tells them that you may be a short-timer or unreliable. Maybe you have communication problems or just can’t get along with co-workers. This also brings up the “why” question. Why did you leave all those positions? Perhaps work performance is poor or the individual simply cannot seem to stay in one place for very long.
2. Career gaps. If you have a career gap three to six months or longer, it is vital that you provide an explanation or note it in your resume or cover letter to avoid early round elimination. Gaps will result in questions during the interview (if you are lucky enough to get one) especially if it is not explained in your cover letter. Be prepared to discuss them.