Seven Deadly Sins and How to Avoid Them: Résumés

Published Online: Monday, January 1, 2007

1. SPELLING ERRORS—Proof, reproof, and have at least 2 reviewers proof your résumé.

2. DIRTY/UNCLEAR PRINT—Print in traditional fonts with a size of at least 12 points, using a laser printer.

3. POOR QUALITY PAPER—Purchase a high-grade, heavy bonded paper.

4. WEAK CAREER OBJECTIVE—Write an objective that is "employer-oriented" and not purely self-serving.

5. NO COVER LETTER—Attach a cover letter that introduces you and your interest in the position.

6. EXTRANEOUS MARKS, FOLDS, WRINKLES, TEARS—Keep your résumés in a firm, closed folder.

7. IMPERSONAL MAILING ADDRESS—Send your résumé to the individual who will make the hiring decision?not to the company or "to whom it may concern."

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