For those of you in the workforce...I had a gig in the HR department and learned all the horrible mistakes that job seekers make. Let's call all the job seekers "Jo", and let's call HR..."HR". (By the way "Jo", applies for both men and women) Jo: Doesn't send a cover letter HR: Deletes the email Jo: Cover letter is addressed to a different company HR: Deletes the email Jo: Apply to more than 1 position at the same time. (You can see all the CC to other postings, companies, etc) HR: Deletes the email Jo: Sends resume attached, but there is nothing in the body of the email HR: Deletes the email Jo: Doesn't attach the resume. Instead copy/pastes the resume in the email body HR: Deletes the email Jo: Sends resume attachment in a format different than word or pdf HR: Deletes the email Jo: In the body of the email talks about a different job position that they never listed. HR: Deletes the email Jo: Uses slang in the email body HR: Deletes the email Jo: Misspelled words in the email body HR: Deletes the email Jo: His/her email address is funky, like "partygoer@msn or hot4daddy@msn" HR: Deletes the email Jo: The name on his/her email says "Jo Jones" and the email body is signed by "Mary Jackson" HR: Deletes the email Ok up to here HR has "filtered" (deleted) like 20 emails without even opening an attachment. Now let's look at the ones that at least took their time to: - Write a cover letter addressed to the right company. Checked spelling, normal size font, etc - Write something in the email body, at least 1 paragraph. - Attached a resume in word or pdf type - Email is not funky. Ok, a word of advice about the email. If your email is something like "metalhead@yahoo", forget it. Open a new email and put in your name there, like "jojones@yahoo". Let's move on... Jo: Cover letter says he/she wants $80,000 when posting clearly says $50,000 HR: Deletes the email Jo: Her/his resume doesn't have contact information. Only name, no email or address HR: "What the ...?" (Hits delete) Jo: Resume only shows the positions but there are no names of the companies he/she worked at. HR: Deletes the email Jo: Resume is a mess HR: Thinks they never wrote a resume, or they don't know how to use Word. Deletes email. Jo: Resume doesn't match the job description at all. HR: Deletes the email (Let me give you an example. A position for "sales" and someone that worked at blockbuster or the supermarket applies. I know job seekers are desperate. But HR people are not) Jo: School/College not listed anywhere HR: Deletes the email Jo: Lists every software in existence HR: Think he/she is a genius or they just copy/pasted this from somewhere. HR calls and starts asking questions about that software. Jo: Lists hobbies, like they are in a band or they like techno music HR: Puts this resume at the bottom of the pile Jo: Changed jobs every couple of months HR: Puts resume at the bottom or just deletes the email Jo: A lot of gaps in his/her career. For example worked until 2004 and then again in 2009. HR: Thinks he/she should have explained in the cover letter and puts it in the "gap" pile. Think of it as the middle of the whole pile. Jo: He/she puts "Objectives" at the top of the resume that don't make sense. Like "applying for an accountant position", when the position is for sales HR: Deletes the email. In conclusion Like they say it's a buyers a market, because there are too many houses to choose. There seems to be also an HR's market, as there are too many people looking for a job. But then that means you have to put your stuff together and make a good first impression, resume, cover letter, email. It only takes one finger and one key, to delete your email.