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Four Things You Shouldn’t Put on a Resume

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We’ve all heard about stuff you shouldn’t include on your resume.  Like personal interests .  You’re not there to make friends.  Or a photo unless you’re applying to be a model or work in television.

Obviously, spelling and grammar mistakes can do you in too, because employers figure that if you don’t care enough to proofread your resume, you’ll have the same lack of concern for work in general.  Here’s a list from CareerBuilder of four more things.

#1.)  Anything That’s Not 100% True. Obviously you shouldn’t lie on your resume, but it’s worth repeating.  Because maybe you’re tempted to say your current salary is 10% higher than it is . . . so you can angle for better pay at a NEW job.

Don’t.  These days, everything can be verified.

#2.)  Your References. If they ask for them, send them separately, not as part of your resume.  Some employers want to talk to specific people.  So wait for them to tell you who they want to contact.  (Really?  When I look at resumes, I like to see references of people they’ve worked with during their most recent employment.  It shows they are confident in their current performance and they don’t have any baggage following them from the last gig.)

#3.)  Details from Old Jobs that Aren’t Relevant. Your resume should give a general outline of your job experience, and list a few accomplishments.  Ideally, you should only include information that directly relates to the job you’re applying for.

The hiring manager only cares about skills related to the job they are hiring you for.
#4.)  Personal Information.  That means anything like age, race, or religion.  They’re not relevant and won’t help you get an interview.


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