Top 10 Things You Should Not Have on Your Resume
When you’re searching for a new job, your résumé should present a streamlined picture of who you are as a professional. Gone are the days of multiple pages, overly personalized fonts and backgrounds. Today’s résumés are sleek, efficient, and act more as marketing tools for you than a complete biography. Here are the top 10 things you shouldn’t include in your résumé:
- Unrelated Job Experience As your résumé should in most cases be limited to one page, putting unrelated job experience on it takes up valuable space. If you’ve been working in your industry for an extended period of time, there’s no need to include job experience that isn’t relevant. If you don’t have much relevant job experience, it’s acceptable to add your last job before you changed careers.
- Grammatical Errors While your résumé shouldn’t be overly text-heavy, the text on it should be error-free. For example, if your résumé contains bullets about what you have done, stick to action verbs in the appropriate tense (present if you’re still at the job, and past if it’s past employment).
- Using Third Person Résumés should always be written in first person. You are explaining your own skills and information, so there’s no need to refer to yourself in third person.
- Hobbies Hobbies have little to no place on your résumé. If a hobby is extremely relevant to the job for which you are applying, then perhaps, but proceed with caution. Weird hobbies aren’t necessary because they don’t appear to be productive.
- Private Information Things that should be private such as age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, race, and physical descriptions have no place on your résumé. Professional-looking headshots are great for networking or career sites, but they don’t have a place on your résumé.
- References It’s no longer necessary to include references along with your résumé. It is assumed that, as a professional, you will be able to produce references when asked. Including ‘references upon request’ takes up valuable real estate, as prospective employers will ask for them if needed.
- Non-Professional Achievements Only add achievements that you have actually earned, and make sure that they are professional or career-related achievements. For a recent college graduate, being in the honors society of their respective major might be an acceptable achievement. For a retail managerial candidate, an award for managing the highest grossing store in X region would also be a relevant award.
- Overly Extensive Vocabulary Your résumé should be easy to read, concise, and direct. Using large words and lengthy sentences only serves to muddle your reader. As your reader is likely a recruiter or a potential employer, you don’t want them to get bogged down in an extensive vocabulary.
- Fancy Paper While technically this isn’t on your résumé, stick to neutral, high-quality paper. Bright or colored paper may stand out, but it isn’t suitable for a professional business document. Résumés should be printed on high-quality paper in white, watermarked, or off-white résumé stock.
- Mass E-Mail Ploy Again, while this technically isn’t a part of your résumé, sending a mass email out to multiple recruiters and potential employers is unlikely to work. Mass messages are often filtered as spam. It’s best to sent each résumé out individually with a personalized cover letter.
Whether you are looking for a new sales or marketing position in manufacturing, technology, telecom or the commercial sales industry, having a smart résumé is essential.
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