What Not to Include in Your Resume

Apr 16, 2020


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Writing a resume is all about making a good impression. It is your one chance to offer a potential employer a brief snapshot of who you are as a person, your skillset, your qualifications and your best attributes. In the current job market, people are fighting for the best positions so it is crucial that you get your resume right to ensure you stand out among the rest.

  1. Your Photo – Don’t send your photo along with your application. Your face is unimportant to a potential employer unless a picture is requested, which is a rare occurrence. 
  2. Personal Qualities – Your age, race, religion, medical condition, disability, height, weight and sexual orientation are irrelevant.
  3. Lies and/or Exaggerations – Don’t lie about your experience, education or achievements.
  4. ‘References available upon request’ – Obviously, references are available if they’re asked for, so leave this off. It’s outdated and all it does is take up space.
  5. Phrases like “Responsibilities” or “Duties Included” – Make your resume about what you accomplished, not what you were supposed to do in the job.
  6. An unprofessional email address – Don’t use your work email when submitting applications. Also, avoid using the email you created when you were younger if it’s not professional. Your email address is part of your personal brand, so it’s time to stop using heartdogs90@gmail.com
  7.  Irrelevant work experience – Only include past work experience if it really showcases additional skills that can translate to the position you’re applying for.
  8. Your hobbies – If it’s not relevant to the job you’re applying for, it’s a waste of space and a waste of the company’s time.
  9. Your current business contact info – You don’t want potential employers calling you at your current place of work.
  10. Reasons you left a company or position – Listing why you left is irrelevant on your resume.

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