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​Five Ways to Look Unprofessional


If you started your job search more than a couple of months ago and your phone still isn’t ringing, it might be time to troubleshoot. The first place to start is with the most likely culprit: your resume.

I’m sure you spent a lot of time on it. And I know you spellchecked and had friends review it too. But there are a few ways that even the most well-thought-out, finely crafted resumes can come back and work against you.

The sad list below contains some of the top ways that your resume sends recruiters running. Those of you who want to be taken seriously – and I know that’s you – will want to avoid these all-too-common errors in judgment.

1. Shared or Inappropriately named e-mail accounts

It’s great to have an interesting hobby, but save the cutesy email address about birds for sharing pictures with your friends in the aviary club. And use your SmithFamilyMemories@domain.com email address for personal correspondence, not professional contacts. If you happen to have a crude or overtly sexual email address, don’t use it for your job hunt. Email accounts cost nothing to open. If you don’t have an address that exudes professionalism, open a new one and use the name you use on your cover letter and resume.

2. Attached Pictures

Many HR departments will automatically discard resumes with photos attached so they avoid any possible accusations of appearance-based discrimination. Plus, any attached files can bog down applicant tracking software.

No matter how much you may want to give the hiring manager an idea of your warm, charismatic personality, resist the temptation. Just don’t do it.

3. Lazy words

Hiring managers are not mind readers. They  don’t know what your accomplishments and responsibilities are unless you list them, so what do they learn when you include the abbreviation “etc.” or “same as above?” They learn that you are lazy. Period. If you can’t take the time to list your skills (or spell out the name of your college, or provide an area code for a reference’s phone number), you don’t belong in the job.

4. Laundry List

Hiring managers do not know you. However friendly and personable they may seem, they don’t particularly care to read about your life story. And they do not have the time to extract the relevant skills and experience from a gigantic list of everything you’ve ever done, studied, or achieved since high school. More often than not, if your resume is more than two pages long, it goes in the circular file, which is to say – they won’t read it.

5. Misinformation

If you haven’t spoken to the people whom you list as professional references, you shouldn’t list them. Because your potential employer will call the phone number you provide. And if that phone number is no longer in service, it is not likely that you will be in their service anytime soon either.

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