Things You Should Never Do When Applying For A Job

Vivian Giang | Business Insider


Never make your cover letter or introductory email longer than three paragraphs

Here's what you should include:
  1. Why you are sending the cover letter.
  2. How (or from whom) you heard about the opening.
  3. Something specific that cannot be inferred from your resume (i.e. work situation, special skills or the kind of job you're looking for).
Here's what you shouldn't include:
  • Don't state what kind of pay you're looking for since there are many different components in a salary package that can confuse a recruiter. This is the kind of thing that can be discussed during or after the interview.


Don't put your name and contact info on the side, bottom or back of your resume — they should always be at the top

This is how it should be done:

  1. Put your name in bold face and/or regular caps.
  2. Include your full address and home, work (optional) and/or cell phone numbers and your email address but do not bold these.


Education should never be listed above experience

Unless you have five higher education degrees.

Or if you've recently completed a degree and don't have too much of a work history. The rule here is that you can list "Education" first if you've graduated within two years.

  • Also, always list the most recent degree first and continue in descending order.


Don't break the one-page rule unless you have more than 8 years of experience

But if you have a lot of experience, then two pages can be used — just don't fill up the second page.


Here are the basic rules:

  1. A full-time job that lasted less than three months doesn't need to be included.
  2. If you have 3+ years of work experience, omit summer jobs, but internships related to your current job experience can still be included.
  3. If you have 15+ years of work experience then your first job doesn't need to be included, especially if it's unrelated to your industry or to the position you're applying for.


Don't include short, worthless descriptions. Back up your credibility with some impressive numbers

If you're applying for a job within the same industry, include some big numbers that will surely place you closer to the top of the pile.


For example:

  • Manage a portfolio of $750MM
  • Billed over $500k in 2010
  • Market to Fortune 1000 companies with a minimum of $1B in sales


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