Avoid This Fatal Error on Your Resume

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Grammatical errors and typos are always high on the list of fatal resume flaws. But there’s actually a worse one, the most fatal of the fatal: Rambling and incoherent writing.

In fact, while reviewers are often willing to overlook an occasional spelling error, outdated technology references or even a brief, unexplained employment gap, a resume that fails to succinctly convey who you are and what you do is going to be deleted, no matter how qualified you are. And it’s not because reviewers are placing more importance on the document than your technical qualifications. It’s because they couldn’t find your qualifications in the first place.

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You can further muddy the waters by failing to describe the scope of the projects in your work history, as well as your roles and responsibilities. Reviewers use these to evaluate the relevance of your experience and competencies. The worst-case scenario is when your experience bullets reference unrelated tools and exclude the skills and software programs you’ve included in your technical skills summary.

You’re shooting yourself in the foot if your resume doesn’t read well or deliver a coherent message. Ask a family member or colleague to read your resume before you send it, because if it doesn’t make sense, the reviewer will have no choice but to cast it aside and consider other candidates.

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64 Responses to “Avoid This Fatal Error on Your Resume”

    • I had the same problem. I contacted Dice and they told me the following:
      1. Remove any and all links or hyperlink from your CV
      2. Remove any reference to your email because your email is also considered a hyperlink
      3. Upload your revised CV again
      4. Send Dice an email and tell them that you have done all that and then they will remove the error. I followed all the above steps and everything worked out well for me.

    • I had the same problem. I contacted Dice and they told me the following:
      1. Remove any and all links or hyperlink from your CV
      2. Remove any reference to your email because your email is also considered a hyperlink
      3. Upload your revised CV again
      4. Send Dice an email and tell them that you have done all that and then they will remove the error. I followed all the above steps and everything worked out well for me.

  1. Hi . Excuse Me . Where’s the answer ???. How to solve the problem : Error 86. Couldn’t save. Whenever I click on YES to allow employers to search my profile I’m getting this,can you help me out in this?

  2. Angela Tischner

    Sooooo….4 years of people reporting this same error and no solution from Dice yet? Wow. Because it’s not frustrating at all to update your resume, proofread it, go over it with a fine-tooth comb, get it all shiny and ready to go….then Dice just takes a steaming dump on you and says nope….”Error 86″. Whatever that means!

    • Kimon Sagredos

      I had the same problem. I contacted Dice and they told me the following:
      1. Remove any and all links or hyperlink from your CV
      2. Remove any reference to your email because your email is also considered a hyperlink
      3. Upload your revised CV again
      4. Send Dice an email and tell them that you have done all that and then they will remove the error. I followed all the above steps and everything worked out well for me.

  3. It got this from the dice support and I am at a loss of what is incorrect inspite of multiple reviewing the profile – huh!!!
    Your account will remain unsearchable in our system.

    This profile was identified as having misrepresented information. This could include, but is not limited to, misrepresentation of location, visa status, or work authorization.

    Again, your account will remain unsearchable in our system and the error will not be removed.

    • Dice sent me the same message. Saying my profile was flagged, and ultimately determined to have misrepresented information, through a combination of automated and manual processes. They won’t even tell you why because they claim it’s proprietary in nature.

      They instructed me to create a new profile with a new email address. Not cool.

  4. 1. I think dice has recently updated the portal so lesser number of people will face this problem.
    2. Just remove your email id and anything with “@” in the resume, upload it back in the Dice and wait for one/two days then go back and do the visibility check again, it should work. Error# 86 will be gone.
    3. If by trying the above stuff and you find it is still giving you the Error# 86 then you might look into your resume and remove the hyperlinks, phone# if it is there, save your profile and wait for 1 or 2 days to make your profile visible.

    • I don’t understand Dice.com’s logic for this. Why should we remove our email address from our resume in order to make our profile visible? The contact info is a critical component of a resume.

  5. Mahin Shaik

    “Upload failed. Please try again or use a different file”.
    Whenever I am trying to upload my resume, it asking to use a different file, I even tried to upload a different file but it is not taking.

  6. Hi,
    I am also getting same error. I had removed all hyperlinks including email id and my phone number from my cv. Even after this i am getting error 86 and unable to make my profile visible. Please help

  7. I cannot stand Dice. They are horrible. I contacted their CEO about this, and he did absolutely nothing. I find them to be losers! They think oh… it’s one less resume. Well, I own a consulting company and I won’t use their recruiter package. So they are losing business.