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8 Ways Your Résumé Can Be Unprofessional by Jobbermancom: 10:23am On Dec 12, 2012
The job market is tough, applications fly out everyday for only few job opportunities, must be an obsolete discussion to you already. But a fact remains that one of the few things that’ll keep you from the running in the job market is a résumé that stands out from the park; something that’s worth a few glances.

I’d love to tell you recruiters love spending time going through résumés but I’d be lying. The truth is the more applicants there are, the slimmer your chances of a thorough read, so really if you want your résumé to be looked at, you should avoid all these faux pas

Tacky email addresses: M2hot4u@domain.com- it may be romantic to you but recruiters only think of individuals with such slushy email addresses as immature and as people who lack an understanding for the rudiments of business. Having a pretty email address is not professional and that means no job. Get a more formal email address, and make sure it’s yours only.

Picture on your résumé: Pictures are good in many places; your photo album, year book, phone, social networking profiles, wallet, anywhere else but your résumé. It’s not a good way to distract recruiters. No pictures please.

Spelling and grammatical errors- There’s a simple maths application to this; if you can’t proof a two-page document for yourself, how would you write a report or draft a proposal for a huge project? dis practically scrims “am unprofessional” to recruiters because it distorts their flow of reading, just like this sentences does.

Using spouse or sibling as reference: Just because you want someone to put you in the best light possible, using your spouse or sibling as a reference is a far cry from professionalism. A preferred reference would be your former employer, your mentor, head(s) of department in the school(s) you attended.

Wrong phone number or contact details: congratulations, you've just discovered an easy way to stay unemployed. It still boils down to proofing your work properly to be sure all numbers and letters are in the right places. Before you press the ‘send’ button, try a new set of eyes to look at your résumé and be sure the contact number(s) and email addresses on the résumé are reachable.

Very lengthy résumé:[color=#990000][/color] nobody has the time for that. If you can’t summarise all your experiences into 2 pages, it shows how unstable you could be. Truth is; the longer the résumé, the more diversified it gets and the more likely you go out of context. Get a professional résumé expert to help you.

Wordiness: nothing could be more frustrating to a recruiter than reading a biography instead of a résumé, recruiters don’t care if you've been a yes man to all your former employers or you handled 10 responsibilities in every single role you've ever occupied. What matters to them is how your work experience relates to the particular role you are applying for. Your résumé shouldn't just be a list of responsibilities but a list of “quantified” accomplishments. Co-led a team that cut company marginal cost by 20% in 3 months makes a lot more sense than worked with a team on company project for 3 months. There are several ways you can quantify your experience, spend ample time figuring out how you performed in your previous role(s). And if you think you don’t have work experience, read this and this.

Terrible formatting: unprofessional font type and size, no structure or organisation- these aren't good ways to present your qualifications. It doesn't matter if you are qualified for a job, what matters is if your résumé says so. Ensure to use professional font types and appropriate sizes, use bullet points to list your accomplishments, italicise your roles for emphasis and you don’t need to give your résumé a title (e.g Curriculum Vitae of James Bond).

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Re: 8 Ways Your Résumé Can Be Unprofessional by Dermie: 12:24pm On Dec 12, 2012
Nyc 1.
Re: 8 Ways Your Résumé Can Be Unprofessional by everystep87: 12:26pm On Dec 12, 2012
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Re: 8 Ways Your Résumé Can Be Unprofessional by Hadeyur(f): 12:30pm On Dec 12, 2012
Thank you 4 d tips wink
Re: 8 Ways Your Résumé Can Be Unprofessional by dridowu: 12:36pm On Dec 12, 2012
Ds are what we need in FRONT PAGE, not all dos "who wore it better "
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NICE ONE

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Re: 8 Ways Your Résumé Can Be Unprofessional by omobaba55: 12:41pm On Dec 12, 2012
You are right !!! thumb up
Re: 8 Ways Your Résumé Can Be Unprofessional by Daluuzor(m): 12:43pm On Dec 12, 2012
thank u so much for d free info, but pls, hw do i title my resume (CV)?
Re: 8 Ways Your Résumé Can Be Unprofessional by dilbert100: 12:44pm On Dec 12, 2012
nice post
Re: 8 Ways Your Résumé Can Be Unprofessional by ami4u(m): 12:45pm On Dec 12, 2012
Hmmm... Noted cool
Re: 8 Ways Your Résumé Can Be Unprofessional by Opoki(m): 12:46pm On Dec 12, 2012
In addition, when you have your Objective as long as reading an essay.

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Re: 8 Ways Your Résumé Can Be Unprofessional by yorke1: 12:46pm On Dec 12, 2012
Using spouse or sibling as reference: Just because you want someone to put you in the best light possible, using your spouse or sibling as a reference is a far cry from professionalism. A preferred reference would be your former employer, your mentor, head(s) of department in the school(s) you attended





I totally disagree with you on the point you raised. what if your spouse or siblings are people of integrity in the society...highly respected who have created niche for themselves in their chosen career...as in highly known! Are you saying that person chances is slim as well?
Re: 8 Ways Your Résumé Can Be Unprofessional by olu4life(m): 12:47pm On Dec 12, 2012
Korrect!!! Mods we need more of this insightful topics not all the thrash we've been seeing on d FP.
Re: 8 Ways Your Résumé Can Be Unprofessional by vilively: 1:01pm On Dec 12, 2012
yorke1: Using spouse or sibling as reference: Just because you want someone to put you in the best light possible, using your spouse or sibling as a reference is a far cry from professionalism. A preferred reference would be your former employer, your mentor, head(s) of department in the school(s) you attended





I totally disagree with you on the point you raised. what if your spouse or siblings are people of integrity in the society...highly respected who have created niche for themselves in their chosen career...as in highly known! Are you saying that person chances is slim as well?

This is not the first time I'm hearing this actually,not even the second time....I even. Checked online help sights. Nd the same thing was sid about. Including a relative or spouse as a refree. Its because there will be no need for family sentiments when the person is called.
Re: 8 Ways Your Résumé Can Be Unprofessional by faithin9ja: 1:01pm On Dec 12, 2012
yorke1: Using spouse or sibling as reference: Just because you want someone to put you in the best light possible, using your spouse or sibling as a reference is a far cry from professionalism. A preferred reference would be your former employer, your mentor, head(s) of department in the school(s) you attended


I totally disagree with you on the point you raised. what if your spouse or siblings are people of integrity in the society...highly respected who have created niche for themselves in their chosen career...as in highly known! Are you saying that person chances is slim as well?

A close relative should never be reference, afterall 'monkey no fine but im Mama like am'. be totally disagreeing there oh!

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Re: 8 Ways Your Résumé Can Be Unprofessional by pharuk: 1:02pm On Dec 12, 2012
Hi friend, i know some few people in top HR positions and using a relative as your reference is not acceptable because no relation will ever give you any negetive or true picture of your work or personality

yorke1: Using spouse or sibling as reference: Just because you want someone to put you in the best light possible, using your spouse or sibling as a reference is a far cry from professionalism. A preferred reference would be your former employer, your mentor, head(s) of department in the school(s) you attended





I totally disagree with you on the point you raised. what if your spouse or siblings are people of integrity in the society...highly respected who have created niche for themselves in their chosen career...as in highly known! Are you saying that person chances is slim as well?
Re: 8 Ways Your Résumé Can Be Unprofessional by OkikiOluwa1(m): 1:07pm On Dec 12, 2012
Dalu uzor: thank u so much for d free info, but pls, hw do i title my resume (CV)?
u dnt nd any title. Just start with your name @ d top.
Dalu Uzor
Re: 8 Ways Your Résumé Can Be Unprofessional by kayLion(m): 1:09pm On Dec 12, 2012
Ok, my CV is like that buh where are the Jobs? cos a fine CV that doesn't leave my mailbox doesn't mean poo unless it gets me a job
Re: 8 Ways Your Résumé Can Be Unprofessional by jt2010: 1:11pm On Dec 12, 2012
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Very lengthy résumé:
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, you post is spot on except this Very Lengthy Resume.. For an engineering in an oil and gas industry, a resume of 2 pages shows u lack quality experience because you are expected to list in your resume all projects and activities you have done during the course of your job.
Re: 8 Ways Your Résumé Can Be Unprofessional by okpas23: 1:15pm On Dec 12, 2012
on point
Re: 8 Ways Your Résumé Can Be Unprofessional by ldpele(m): 1:29pm On Dec 12, 2012
rili appreciate n God bless u richly
Re: 8 Ways Your Résumé Can Be Unprofessional by Chedarking: 1:41pm On Dec 12, 2012
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Spelling and grammatical errors- There’s a simple maths application to this; if you can’t proof a two-page document for yourself, how would you write a report or draft a proposal for a huge project?dis practically scrims “am unprofessional” to recruiters because it distorts their flow of reading, just like this sentences does.

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Remove the log in your eye and all that...
Re: 8 Ways Your Résumé Can Be Unprofessional by otilowaju(f): 1:46pm On Dec 12, 2012
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Re: 8 Ways Your Résumé Can Be Unprofessional by yorke1: 1:47pm On Dec 12, 2012
And you guys think most organisation if not all actually verify the authencity of the people you use as your reference. Come on guys....who will want to use someone that wouldnt speak well of him/her if called upon by the organisation. Even Satan have reference...people who will speak of how "wonderful" he is. So it of no consequential to me. I use my brother and uncle as my reference and havent been questioned by any organisation...i'm on my first job currently and i ve attended like 3 interview.
Re: 8 Ways Your Résumé Can Be Unprofessional by vanstanzy(m): 1:48pm On Dec 12, 2012
THANKS ALOT FOR THE 411.
Re: 8 Ways Your Résumé Can Be Unprofessional by apoti(m): 1:56pm On Dec 12, 2012
otilowaju:
I don't understand this part; you mean CV's should be prepared without a title? I mean none at all?

Yes, the op is very correct. You do not need to title your CV, everyone knows it's a CV. If you must put a title, just write your name bodly at the top (e.g James Bond) nothing more.
Re: 8 Ways Your Résumé Can Be Unprofessional by otilowaju(f): 1:59pm On Dec 12, 2012
Chedarking:

Remove the log in your eye and all that...

I was actually going to address this but I noticed he did 'that' deliberately. Try and read the last line in that paragraph.

One Love.

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Re: 8 Ways Your Résumé Can Be Unprofessional by Morgan1092(m): 1:59pm On Dec 12, 2012
Nice thread
Re: 8 Ways Your Résumé Can Be Unprofessional by henryboff(m): 2:02pm On Dec 12, 2012
Chedarking:

Remove the log in your eye and all that...

Boss e be like say you sef no dey read something fully before you run come comment.

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Re: 8 Ways Your Résumé Can Be Unprofessional by otilowaju(f): 2:08pm On Dec 12, 2012
yorke1: And you guys think most organisation if not all actually verify the authencity of the people you use as your reference. Come on guys....who will want to use someone that wouldnt speak well of him/her if called upon by the organisation. Even Satan have reference...people who will speak of how "wonderful" he is. So it of no consequential to me. I use my brother and uncle as my reference and havent been questioned by any organisation...i'm on my first job currently and i ve attended like 3 interview.

Am only bothered about those HODs. Many of them Ive heard were not so organised and I doubt if they'd be passionate enough to quickly respond to prospective employers letter of recommendation on a former student. Former employer/mentor you can easily follow up.
Re: 8 Ways Your Résumé Can Be Unprofessional by obi123: 2:15pm On Dec 12, 2012
before you send that CV always hit the F7 key for spelling and grammar check
Re: 8 Ways Your Résumé Can Be Unprofessional by Santino1(m): 2:17pm On Dec 12, 2012
Picture on your résumé: Pictures are good in many places; your photo album, year book, phone, social networking profiles, wallet, anywhere else but your résumé. It’s not a good way to distract recruiters. No pictures please

This is definitely inapplicable to resumes targeting the Swiss market. As a matter of fact, it is a requirement

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