Those of you who are old enough might remember the quote from the movie "Top Gun" in which Goose says to Maverick, "We regret to inform you that your sons are dead because they were stupid." I couldn't help but think about that line as I was writing this article:
"We regret to inform you that you are not hired -- because you are stupid."
The genesis of this article came from a piece I wrote a few months ago on "Stupid (but common) resume mistakes." For that piece, I tapped my super-savvy professional network for anecdotes and advice and quoted them throughout the article. (You need only go to my Facebook and LinkedIn pages to join this conversation or future ones.) The resulting article was well received. So, as a follow-up, let's focus less on the resume itself and more on the other reasons people don't get hired.
Some of these reasons are specific to digital, some are common-sense faux pas you should avoid, and some are just plain -- stupid. But almost all of them are really entertaining. Let's get started.