Thirteen Ways Your Resume Can Say 'I'm Unprofessional' - Slide 7

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Samantha Goldberg is a celebrity event designer and TV personality who’s always looking for employees for administrative duties or to help plan an event. She said she often reviews resumes and cover letters that aren’t even vaguely customized for her business.

“It’s more like ?Mad Libs’ — they just fill in our name as they send them off!” she said. “Just once, I would love to have them describe me on the cover letter instead of saying that they respect my career status and have been following my career.”

On many occasions, Goldberg said, she specifically lists a prerequisite of at least three years’ experience with planning events that does not include friends, family or applicants’ own weddings. “They obviously don’t read my prerequisites and send an email stating that even though they haven’t orchestrated events for anyone they have always been told they should be in the industry if I would just give them a chance.”

No offense, thebigcheese@domain.com, 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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