Many recruiters and hiring managers have been in your situation!

Nobody with a heart wants to eliminate a job applicant from consideration for making a faux pas, but Ashley is behind the curve if she’s asking you why “partygrrrrl2015” is not the best email address to use in her job search communications.

I would talk to her if I were you.

I would gently let her know that she brands herself Party Girl, it’s not going to inspire confidence among employers.

Partying has its place for sure, but Ashley’s partying side is not the side of herself she needs to emphasize when she’s trying to get a job.

Here are ten more unfortunate things job-seekers do that make them look unprofessional — and that hurt their job search chances!

  1. Choosing an unprofessional photo for your LinkedIn profile. Choose a LinkedIn profile image that shows your face clearly, does not include any other people and shows you smiling and alert (not, for instance, half-drunk at your cousin’s wedding).
  2. Failing to reply to a job-search-related email message, voicemail message or text for several days. If you’re going to be incommunicado for a few days, let your job-search contacts know that in advance.
  3. Using a resume that includes typos, misspellings or poor formatting. If you’re not a great writer yourself that’s okay, but get somebody who is to edit your resume before you use it in your job search.
  4. Missing a job interview without notice. We all make mistakes, but employers are watching for your organizational abilities as much as they are looking for your great ideas. Use your calendar app and set it to give you as many reminders as you need.
  5. Showing up to a job interview without doing your research first — or without having questions prepared and ready to ask your interviewer.
  6. Getting to the end of the interview process and then announcing that you don’t have any professional references. You have to get your list of three to five reference-givers together in advance and be ready to share it with an employer — before you contact them.
  7. Stating a salary requirement ($40,000, e.g.) up front in the recruiting process and then changing it later. If you aren’t sure what to say when the question “What’s your salary target?” is asked of you, then ask more questions about the role before you answer.
  8. Asking basic questions like “What does your company do?” at a job interview. Do your research before the interview and you’ll know a lot more about the organization and feel more confident, too.
  9. Failing to get important issues aired early in the interview process. I remember interviewing a young woman who said she wanted a full-time job during normal business hours. When she got her job offer, she said “This will work, but I have a yoga class every Tuesday and Thursday at eleven a.m. You can work around that, right?” Our organization could not work around the yoga class at eleven a.m. and also had no desire to. Get deal-breaking topics out on the table early!
  10. Accepting a job offer and then going silent or disappearing.


This article was written by Liz Ryan | 2017 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.