Thirteen Ways Your Resume Can Say 'I'm Unprofessional' - Slide 4

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Resume experts advise against attaching pictures or any image files to a resume. They can “choke” an applicant tracking system (ATS), the software that automatically scans and parses resumes. In addition, hiring professionals warn against giving anyone a reason to prejudge and form a negative opinion based on your appearance. Indeed, some HR departments will immediately discard resumes with photos to avoid any possible accusations of discrimination on this basis.

But still applicants send photos. Most troublesome of all, said Zavitz, are the beach shots. “(No) pictures where you are in a bikini at the beach (real story, and it wasn't a flattering picture either) or at a New Year’s party with your friends (obviously drunk). Not cool.”

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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