Thirteen Ways Your Resume Can Say 'I'm Unprofessional' - Slide 2

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Email accounts are free. There’s no reason not to sign up for your own. Yet many mid-career professionals share an email account with a significant other or the entire family, generating addresses such as or Also stay away from cutesy addresses. After all,, you can always share your admiration of Lepidoptera with colleagues after you’ve been hired. Ditto for offensive, flirtatious or sexual email addresses.

Think TheLadders is exaggerating? These are actual email accounts cited by Jillian Zavitz, who’s responsible for hiring as the programs manager for, an online English language-training course based in Canada. (The domain names have been changed to protect the innocent.)

Instead, adopt an address that incorporates the name you use professionally on your resume and cover letter.

No offense,, but if nobody has told you yet, TheLadders is telling you now: That email address is not making you look particularly professional.

Unprofessional email addresses are just one way of sending hiring managers the wrong message. If you want to be taken seriously when you apply for jobs, you need to put some polish on your resume, your cover letter and everything contained therein, as hiring professionals repeatedly run across red flags that scream “unprofessional.”

This slideshow features common errors recruiters and HR managers shared with TheLadders from their own professional experiences.

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