Resume Production, Distribution, and Follow-Up
Errors to Avoid

The following production, distribution, and follow-up errors can cause your resume to be tossed into a trashcan.

  1. Poorly typed and reproduced - hard to read.

  2. Produced on odd-sized paper.

  3. Printed on poor quality paper or on extremely thin or thick paper.

  4. Soiled with coffee stains, fingerprints, or ink marks.

  5. Sent to the wrong person or department.

  6. Mailed, faxed, or e-mailed to "To Whom It May Concern" or "Dear Sir."

  7. E-mailed as an attachment which could have a virus if opened.

  8. Enclosed in a tiny envelope that requires the resume to be unfolded and flattened several times.

  9. Arrived without proper postage - the employer gets to pay the extra!

  10. Sent the resume and letter by the slowest postage rate possible.

  11. Envelope double-sealed with tape and is indestructible - nearly impossible to open by conventional means!

  12. Back of envelope includes a handwritten note stating that something is missing on the resume, such as a telephone number, e-mail address, or new mailing address.

  13. Resume taped to the inside of the envelope, an old European habit practiced by paranoid letter writers. Need to destroy the envelope and perhaps also the resume to get it out of the envelope.

  14. Accompanied by extraneous or inappropriate enclosures which were not requested, such as copies of self-serving letters or recommendations, transcripts, or samples of work.

  15. Arrived too late for consideration.

  16. Came without a cover letter.

  17. Cover letter repeated what was on the resume - did not command attention nor move the reader to action.

  18. Sent the same or different versions of the resume to the same person as a seemingly clever follow-up method.

  19. Follow-up call made too soon - before the resume and letter arrived!

  20. Follow-up call was too aggressive or the candidate appeared too "hungry" for the position - appeared needy or greedy.

Since the resume is vitally important to getting a job interview, make sure your resume is error-free. Spend sufficient time crafting a resume that shouts loud and clear that you are someone who should be interviewed for a position.

SOURCE: Adapted from Military Transition to Civilian Success (Impact Publications) pages 234-235. Copyright 2006. All rights reserved.