Resumania™: Yo! Don’t Do This With Your Resume or Cover Letter

By Robert Half on September 2, 2014 at 7:00am

There are many ways to address a prospective employer. “What’s up?” probably isn’t the best option. “Hey!” and “Yo!” aren’t any better, but some job seekers continue to take an overly casual approach.

Writing in a relaxed tone is an easy trap to fall into considering today’s texting culture. But your resume and cover letter must convey your professionalism and an understanding of proper business etiquette, so avoid using abbreviations, slang and colloquialisms. These job candidates were far too informal:

COVER LETTER: “My workplace is a firm where u answer phone calls and help customers with questions.”

We question why “u” would abbreviate a three-letter word.

“EXPERIENCE: I had to perform job duties that were assigned. :-(”

Turn that frown upside down.

“JOB HISTORY: I work for a clothing store. I haven’t caught anyone stealin’ yet, but I’m hopin’ that day will come.”

Are you considerin’ a career in law enforcement?

COVER LETTER: “If you wanna see a resume or something, please don’t hesitate to contact me.”

We’ll take the resume, but skip the “something.”

RESUME: “More stuff below.”

An applicant who knows her stuff.

COVER LETTER: “Gimme a shout.”

But we use our indoor voices during working hours.

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