There are resumes that make it into the “maybe” pile, and then there are those that go directly into the trash. The latter may just come from unqualified candidates, but they could just be screaming “unprofessional.”If you know you're a great candidate, but you aren't getting any replies, it's time to check your resume to ensure it doesn't include one of these serious problems.
1.You Didn't Get All the Typos Out
Few things scream ‘unprofessional' more than typos on a resume,” says Maria Katrien Heslin, owner ofIndependent George. This includes misspellings and incorrect punctuation as well as inconsistent spacing and verb tense. “With competition for jobs so tight, a typo or two unfortunately can knock a candidate out of consideration because at that point in the process, that is all the person hiring has to go by,” Heslin says. “Typos can give the impression of a lack of attention to detail, sloppiness and an uncaring attitude.”
2.You Have a Ridiculous Email Address
People pay attention to email addresses, and if yours is unprofessional, hiring managers will notice. “No matter what your experience level, you should always have an email address that is professional,” says Rahul D. Yodh, a partner with Link Legal Search Group. A variation on your first and last name, with random digits if you have a common name, is the safest bet. “When I see an email address such as surferman86 or jacksmom12, I cringe,” Yodh says. “Email addresses are free, so my assumption is that you are just too lazy to care about your professional image. Laziness is not a quality I look for in prospective candidates.”
人们注重邮箱地址。如果你的邮箱地址不专业，人力资源经理就能觉察到。Link Legal Search Group的合伙人拉胡尔说道，“不论你的经验多丰富，都应该要有专业的邮箱地址，保险起见，邮箱地址最好由你的姓名的变体加上任意几个数字组成。每当看到类似于“surferman86”或者 “jacksmom12”这样的邮箱，我都起鸡皮疙瘩。邮箱地址是自行设定的，看到不专业的电子邮件地址，我会想当然地认为你很懒，懒到连专业形象也不顾及。我想找的应聘者不能是懒惰的。
3.It Stands Out -- But Not in a Good Way
This one can be tricky, says Cheryl Rich Heisler, president and founder of Lawternatives. “We tell job seekers to be unique. To be authentic. To ‘keep it real.' But then we tell them to keep their style within industry norms, don't stick out, don't make an employer wonder about your ability to fit in.” To strike a balance, Heisler advises you get the basics of grammar and spelling right, “then consider adding in some more creative elements that are within the range of what your target industry allows.” This could include a judicious use of color or a unique, but useful design. There can be a fine line between standing out and looking unprofessional. "Common mistakes that scream ‘unprofessional' include pictures, logos, crazy fonts and colored paper, which can't be read easily when it's scanned by computers,” says resume expert Scott Vedder. “I've even received a scented resume! You know what it didn't smell like? 'Hired!'
4.It Lacks Substance
Your resume is meant to be a window into your skills and experience, so make sure it's clear. “We see it all the time -- a person works for Company A, and that's all they put down,” says Kelly Braden, senior project manager at Alphabetix. Include specifics about your job duties and responsibilities, as well as your top accomplishments. “Employers want folks who can manage execution and get things done,” Braden says. “Show us some examples of getting stuff done.”
5.It's a Solid Wall of Text
You have to include a lot of information in your resume, but it needs to be visually appealing as well. Packing words onto the paper creates a wall of text that's hard to read. “Left-to-right, top-to-bottom; these resumes are one word after another, yet seemingly say nothing,” he says. “If a resume is a chore to read, it won't be read, so make your resume clean, concise, and relevant to the job.”