It is just an email, right? What does your email address say about you? Recruiters are very conservative at heart—they like a sure bet. Recruiters want the candidates presented to hiring managers to be shoo-ins for the vacancy. Everything about your résumé, including your email, must be professional.
I've seen many unprofessional emails over the years, and none of those résumés made it to the hiring manager's desk. Here are some of the most memorable unprofessional emails: , , martinisrus@xxx,com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Work email address?
Seeking a role outside of your current company? Use your personal email address. Using your company email address means that you could be receiving emails about leaving your job while working at your current job. Unless seeking another job is approved, it could be seen as a conflict of interest.
Seeking a role within your current company? Using your company email address might be acceptable. But be careful. If your the company culture breeds talent hogs (i.e., leaders do not want people to move within the organization), then you might want to use your personal email so your boss will never walk in on you trying to leave the department.
Does this sound familiar? "Seeking a role where I can apply my skills and talents to support an organization's objectives." Delete it. Replace it with a tailored profile section that highlights how your experience directly contributes to the target opportunity.
Describe the company
Unless all of your employers are highly recognizable, add a short sentence describing the company. A brief description provides context to your experience.
Avoid difficult-to-read fonts. Use basic fonts like Times New Roman, Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, Calibri, or Garamond. Creative fields welcome a bit more flexibility with fonts. But, do not go crazy—your résumé should be easy on the eyes.
Balance the look of your résumé. If your résumé is dense and packed with a lot of information, use a lighter font. Stick with one or two different fonts for your résumé.
A recent college graduate should use a format that communicates your eager, fresh view. A senior executive should use a format that communicates depth of experience. In a creative field? You have liberty to add a bit of flair. Just skip the clipart—unless you are applying for a clipart position!
Creative fields like the fine arts, marketing, sales, or education welcome a bit of color on résumés. For other industries that are more conservative, such as finance, operations, engineering, and information technology, stick with black and grays.
"References available upon request"
Remove this statement. It is a given—real estate on a résumé is precious. Use the space to highlight something about your skills, talents, and background.
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Starting from the top of your résumé, here are a few tips to keep in mind.