Life as a hiring manager is tough work and the last thing you want is more grey area when deciding which candidates to pursue. Resume red flags could turn out to be no big deal, or they could be an indication of a larger flaw in the job applicant. It's up to you to do a thorough screening of the candidate to figure out what the situation is.
In their book "The Big Book of HR," Barbara Mitchell and Cornelia Gamlem list four red flags to look out for when reviewing resumes:
- No dates of employment -- just organizations listed with job duties.
- Gaps in employment (unless these are explained in the resume/cover letter).
- Frequent job changes to positions of lesser responsibility.
- Lists of accomplishments that can't be linked to specific jobs.