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Things Not To Put On Your Resume
Things Not To Put On Your Resume
Things Not To Put On Your Resume
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Things Not To Put On Your Resume
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Things Not To Put On Your Resume

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Writing a good resume might make or break your career opportunities. Make sure you don't make these rookie mistakes that could ruin your chances.

Writing a good resume might make or break your career opportunities. Make sure you don't make these rookie mistakes that could ruin your chances.

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  • 1. 24 Things Not to Put on Your Resume By: Jeanette Mulvey, BusinessNewsDaily Managing Editor
  • 2. Résumés can be tricky thingsMany experts agree that you want to strike abalance on the information you give apotential employer.Information that is provided should beenough to separate you from thecompetition but not too much thatsomething in your career history could ruleyou out.Read on or visit BusinessNewsDaily to findout the latest expert take on your Résuméscreation.
  • 3. Roy Cohen, Career Coach and Author, "The Wall Street Professionals Survival Guide”"• No typos ... ever - If youre sloppy in what you send out from the start, the take-away for the reader is that you may be even more careless on the job.• Political affiliations - Never include them unless youre looking for a job that would benefit by disclosing this information and your level of participation. See more about why not to include your political affiliations at BusinessNewsDaily.• Your age - The résumé should convey your potential to add value. The number of years youve been working tells the reader nothing about how good you are.• Marital status - It has no bearing on your qualifications or potential to add value immediately. It also feels hokey. In addition, by sharing this information, you open the door to lots of other questions that may border on illegal in making the decision about you as a candidate.• Reason for termination(s) - Unless theres been a lot of movement or hopping on your résumé, theres no benefit to explaining the reason for a separation. See more about why not to include your political affiliations at BusinessNewsDaily.
  • 4. Pets Need Not ApplyEric Haener, Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist, Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologiessays it’s a good idea to leave off the following items from your résumé as it could end uphurting you in the hiring process:• No personal statistics such as height, weight and age.• No information about pets – even if they are unusual!• No "unusual" nonprofessional personal hobbies.• No information about high school jobs once you have held a couple of professional positions.
  • 5. Andy Lester, Blogger, Author of "Land the Tech Job You Love."• A photo - unless youre applying for a position as a model or actor.• A list of references - Youll be asked for them at the right point in the process. If you want the company to be impressed by whom you know or whom youve worked with, then put that in the cover letter.• An objective - Objectives are summaries of what you want to get from the company. It doesnt make sense to start selling yourself by telling the reader what you hope to get out of him.• Salary information - Disclosing your salary history weakens your position when negotiating a salary. Its also irrelevant on your résumé.• An unprofessional email address - Email accounts are free from Gmail, so theres no reason to use your "cubs_fan_1969@hotmail.com" account for professional correspondence.To learn more from Andy Lester’s take on Meaningless Self-Assessments & Unrelated Job Hobbies check out thefull countdown at BusinessNewsDaily.
  • 6. Minor Typos lead to Major ConsequencesLorie Logan-Bennett, Director, The Career Center, Towson University• The wrong contact information. The ultimate goal of the résumé is to get you the interview, and if your email address or phone number is incorrect, the employer won’t be able to extend the interview invitation. Minor typos in this section of the résumé have major consequences.• Irrelevant information. Don’t include information that your employer targets are uninterested in, like high school, the summer job you held 10 years ago, or the intro-level courses you had during your freshman year of college.• Too much information. Most employers give résumés a passing glance. If they don’t like what they see during a quick once-over, it’s over.• Information that will hurt you. Listing your 2.1 GPA isn’t going to help you. Same goes for listing all six of the jobs youve held over the last 12 months. (Who wants to hire someone with a two-month average tenure?)
  • 7. The Power of the Written WordMatt Bejin, Global Staffing Director, Urban Science• Meaningless words. Do not say that you are "ethical," "a hard worker" or "energetic." These are things that others should be saying about you or that you can illustrate through examples during your interview.• An objective. Résumés are meant to describe work history, job progression and accomplishments. The objective is clear: You’re looking for a job.• Limiting yourself to one page. If you need two or three pages to include everything, that’s okay.Read more from Matt Bejin, Global Staffing Director in our BusinessNewsDaily countdown.
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