Just yesterday, Tom Brady released his resume via Facebook. After being picked 199th in the 2000 NFL draft, Brady worried about his career as a football player. He admitted that he “really thought I was going to need this after the 5th round.”
His resume received a large amount of attention and is being touted as spectacular. However, when our resume experts got a hold of Tom Brady’s resume they noticed his resume was a couple yards short of a touchdown.
Even for being from the 90’s, when resumes were styled differently, Tom Brady makes some pretty large errors. Luckily for him his football career worked out, because if it hadn’t Tom Brady would most likely be unemployed.
Here are 3 reasons why not to hire Tom Brady
3 Reasons Not to Hire Tom Brady
Reason #1- Miserable Formatting and Styling
At first glance it appears as if Brady slapped together his resume willy-nilly. The format of his resume displays a lack of planning that would reflect a lack of organization to prospective employers.
For starters you will notice that he adds two addresses. This is a huge waste of space and time. Your employers only want to know where you currently reside. They don’t care to know where your parents live.
In addition, his name is much too small. The name should be the largest piece information on your page so it can be read from arm’s length and help you stand out. It is most common to see names that are 24pt.
The format of the body of his resume makes it hard to easily scan through as most hiring managers do. With regard to the experience section, the company and position should be listed first instead of the dates.
The dates are also very unspecific. Simply listing “Summer 1998” doesn’t help the hiring manager understand how long Brady held the position. Was it a week? A month? Who knows? When writing your resume be specific and list a starting and ending date.
He also aligns all of the information to the center making his education and experience sections feel very crowded. A simple way to help alleviate this would be to right align the location and dates and left align the position and bullet points. It would also help the readability to italicize the job positions instead of bolding them. Doing this would help give some separation between the company and the position held.
Making a few easy changes to a resume’s format will help employers quickly scan through your resume and find the information they need.
Finally, it’s worth noting that in Business Insider’s critique of Tom Brady’s resume they recommend not to add a GPA below 3.8. We at Resume Genius disagree. Adding your GPA is largely based on the job you are applying for. For example, a GPA of 3.3 may look good for a retail or food service resume. As a general rule we recommend not adding a GPA below 3.0
Reason #2- No Career Objective
Tom’s resume jumps right into the education section without capturing the hiring manager’s attention. Using a career objective to begin your resume is a great way to get a prospective employers attention.
Career objectives get a lot of flack because they are often used improperly. A career objective should not be a vague description of your career goals and state what you want from the company. Instead the career objective should display your specific skills that will allow you to successfully fulfill the position and help the company succeed.
In Tom Brady’s case, he lacks in-depth professional experience, so his career objective should list his personal character traits that would help achieve company goals.
Here’s are some example of what a career objective looks like:
Reason #3- No Quantification
Come on Tom. You won three Super Bowls, but you can’t add a few numbers to your resume?
When employers review a resume they are looking for provable or measurable achievements. Using stats on your resume helps to show that you are results-oriented.
Some will argue that Brady only worked in entry-level positions and internships, without any real opportunity to get results. This argument is the reason why so many resumes get thrown in the trash. Regardless if you are an accountant, a janitor, or a babysitter there are always ways to quantify your resume.
Take Tom’s resume for instance. Under his experience at Merrill Lynch he writes:
This point could easily be improved by saying:
By simply adding just how many portfolios were updated, the employer has provable and detailed data of what Brady was able to accomplish. Not every point on a resume needs to be quantified, but it’s a good idea to add several measurable points throughout your resume.
While Tom Brady is a great role model for the game of football and inspires thousands to follow in his footsteps, I wouldn’t suggest using his resume as model for your own. If you are in need of touchdown worthy resume advice, take a look at this step-by-step guide on how to write a resume.