Thirteen Ways Your Resume Can Say 'I'm Unprofessional' - Slide 9

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Larry Lambeth, president of Employment Screening Services Inc., which helps companies review job applicants, offered a laundry list of professional gaffes he’s seen on resumes and job applications:

  • Listing a spouse as a reference
  • Not spelling out the name of an employer or school (“LSU” instead of “Louisiana State University” or “ZDE” instead of “Ziff Davis Enterprise”)
  • Not providing a city or state for an employer or school
  • Omitting the area code from a phone number for a reference or employer
  • Providing only a first name for a supervisor or reference
  • Including phone numbers that are no longer in service for references or employers

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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