Avoid Decorative Paper, Selfies When Applying for Jobs


When asked what would make them automatically dismiss a candidate from consideration, employers pointed to résumés with typos (58%), résumés that are generic and don’t seem personalized for the position (36%), résumés that don’t include a list of skills (35%), résumés that copied large amounts of wording from the job posting (32%), résumés with an inappropriate email address (31%), résumés that don’t include exact dates of employment (27%), résumés that are printed on decorative paper (22%), and résumés that include a photo (13%).

Avoiding typos is the most obvious thing on this list, but what I really want to know is what kind of inappropriate email addresses applicants are putting on their resumes.

Photo: Azlan Dupree

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EM (#1,012)

I know it’s technically correct, but those accents make it seem like everyone should be saying “ray-sumay” which would be awful.

LydiaBennett (#121)

my friend’s company got a resume from hbic at gmail and then was surprised when they knew what HBIC stood for

eraserface (#1,628)

skills? really? i don’t know about that one.

Caitlin with a C (#3,578)

@eraserface Seriously. This sounds as useless as “objective” to me. Maybe it’s meant for entry level folks? I feel like my skills (and objective) are apparent from my resume/what I am applying for. “ANALYZES DATA THROUGH…” and “CONSTRUCTED ECONOMIC MODELS FOR…” imply that I have “data analysis” and “economic modelling” as skills, right? Right? Like… no one out there is looking at my resume of experience being an economist and going, “yes, but does she know about economics?” (This is, incidentally, why I feel that perhaps the Skills feature of LinkedIn is a bit ridiculous. That and because it keeps forcing all my contacts to recommend me for things they don’t know about.)

@Caitlin with a C I’m young & basically entry-level, but I’ve always been told that skills aren’t, well, skills, but rather specific technologies. So rather than data analysis, listing software competencies. Maybe it’s field-specific?

joyballz (#2,000)

I think “inappropriate” at this point is anything that isn’t your name or a variation. “Inappropriate” to me also means “@aol.com.”

limenotapple (#1,748)

@joyballz yeah, since email addresses are very easy to get, there’s no reason not to do it that way. You can still use your other email for everything else. I wish I could name some of the horrible ones we’ve come across when we interview but I think I should keep it to myself.

Catface (#1,106)

Years ago at a previous job I was screening resumes for an admin position. One (femail) candidate’s e-mail address was “ilovethugz696969″ @whatever. I put the resume in the No Way pile.

Are you really meant to put exact dates? Like April 3rd, 2010 …

la_di_da (#1,425)

@apples and oranges That’s what I was thinking. I put seasons, like Fall 2012-present or whatever. And how personalized for the position are they talking about without copying and pasting from the job posting?

annecara (#1,914)

@apples and oranges Right? I do months – Jan. 2011-present, etc. I have no idea what most of my exact start/end dates were.

@apples and oranges I just do month and year. And I feel like tailoring your resume to the job is more about highlighting the experience/skills that make you a good candidate for the job you’re applying for. Maybe also removing your high school summer babysitting/ticket-tearing/food service gigs if you’ve had some work experience since then.

limenotapple (#1,748)

One of the people who works for me asked me to be a reference for him, okay fine, and then he sent me his resume. It’s just horrible, and I’m not sure if it’s my place to correct it. There’s like 10 QR codes to different projects he’s done, and his picture, and clickable links to all his social media profiles, and he took the logos from each place he worked and just sort of stuck them on there…it’s just very busy and so full of images it’s hard to focus in on the text. He hasn’t asked for my advice though, so, I haven’t done anything yet.

Allison (#4,509)

@limenotapple you could ask him if he wants some tips?

dham (#2,271)

I had no idea about the exact dates! I changed mine to year only to make it less cluttered, but I guess I should fix that.

AnzT (#4,815)

My boss’s 17 year old daughter had been sending out her CV and eventually asked her dad to have a look at it (because she wasn’t getting interviews) – her email address was sexybexy69@whatever. Yup, that ought a do it.

I will never forget Mr. “ineedmoney3133@xxxxx.com”. His email also read something like “i need this job” Yeah, he did not get it.

ThatJenn (#916)

I managed/trained a woman a couple years ago who used ClassyNSassy6969@aol.com as her professional email address. And used it not just to interview, but to write to parents of the kids getting tutoring through my company instead of using her company-issued email. And selected a different brightly-colored gigantic font for every email (Comic Sans was a favorite), writing in text-speak and asking nonsensical questions (e.g., replying to an email saying “Go to this link to perform [x] task” with the question “but were do i do x”).

She wasn’t a tutor, at least.

She was a manager.

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