10 Things You Should Never Put On Your Job Resume
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10 Things You Should Never Put On Your Job Resume

What should I never include on a job resume'? There are at least ten pieces of information that should never be included on a resume'.

In an employment market that is competitive for the job seeker, it is very important to put your best foot forward in the job application and interview process.  The first step is to put together an excellent resume' which will get you noticed and prompt a call for the initial interview.  Once you have the face-to-face interview, you can shine.  But, you cannot leave a good personal impression until you have made a first impression on paper through a quality resume'.  To make sure your resume' stands out in a good way, there are ten things that should never be included.

  1. Irrelevant Experience - You may have started off as a high school student with a babysitting business, waiting tables or mowing lawns.  But, if these positions have absolutely nothing to do with the job you are pursuing, it should be left off of your resume'.  The only possible exception could be if you are seeking a job right out of high school, and these early experiences are all you have to offer.  If this is the case, somehow make them applicable to the job you are seeking by pinpointing a specific skill you learned that would add a special contribution to the job for which you are applying.  The employer has a pile of resume's to week through and needs to be able to pull aside ones that offer experience that will benefit the company.
  2. Political Party - Unless you are pursuing a political position, your political party should never be included on your resume'.  This could cut off your chances immediately if it is an opposing party to the employer reviewing your resume'.  Even if your party is the same party as the company's as a whole, this is not information that needs to be shared and will not help you in a general job search realm.
  3. Religion - Similar to political party, it is said to never discuss religion or politics unless you are seeking an argument.  These are parts of a person's life that are considered very private and personal.  Like a political party alliance being disclosed, when you disclose your religion you either turn off the employer reviewing your resume', or you provide unnecessary information.  The only exception would be if you are applying for a pastor or similar position that would require a specific religion to do the job.
  4. Age - You're most likely either too young and thought to be inexperienced or too old and worried that you are on your way out the door before you even enter.  Either way, mentioning your age only opens the doors to an employer making a judgment as to how you will perform.
  5. Falsehoods or Misrepresentations - Never provide fraudulent college degrees or educational experience.  Likewise, never lie about job experience or your work record.  Anything that is not true will misrepresent you.  You may be impressive and even land the job based upon these falsehoods.  But, when it is found out, you face termination and even possible legal action against you.  Even if you're never found out, you have to constantly live up to what you presented yourself to be on your resume'.  It's easier to tell the truth and find positive ways to present your assets as well as your deficiencies.
  6. Personal Information - You want to present enough personal information that describes what skills and experience you have to offer the company.  You do not, however, ever want to include personal information such as your Social Security Number or credit card, bank account information or numbers, etc.  When you have been hired for the job, the company will need some personal information to issue a paycheck, insurance and other benefits.  But, never include information on a resume' which could cause you to become a victim of identity fraud.  You do not know who else is reviewing your resume' besides the employer's human resource department, who is hopefully trustworthy.  It may also be passed by administrative assistants or passers by who could have access to this personal information.
  7. Information That Puts You In A Negative Light - Wait for the interview to answer the questions about what your faults are.  And, when you are asked this question, the ideal way to answer is to word a negative trait in a positive way.  An example of this is explaining a negative trait of being overly aggressive in your work to saying you are extremely self-motivated and have a take-charge initiative.  The resume' is not the place to mention a negative trait.
  8. Salary History - Again, wait for the interview to discuss particulars in salary.  If you list your salary requirements or history, you will either sell yourself short by listing too low a salary or out price yourself by listing a salary that is too high for a company to match.  Either way, you would serve your pocket book better by leaving off specific numbers when it comes to salary.
  9. Typos - Once you have your resume' outlined and then detailed and putting on the final touches, proofread.  Nothing presents a potential hire in a worse light than sloppy, overlooked typos on a resume'.  Similarly, poor grammar puts you in the same light as sloppy typos.  If you don't take the time or care enough to present yourself on your resume', which is the only fist impression a company has of you, then why would a company believe you will do anything of quality once hired.
  10. Criminal Record - If you are a parolee or have a less-than-perfect legal past, the resume' is not the place to disclose this.  If asked on a job application, you need to accurately answer if you have been convicted of a felony.  But, wait until you are face-to-face in the interview process to explain this.  If you have never been in prison or convicted of a felony, you usually would have no need to bring any other run-ins with the law on a resume'.  Most jobs don't need to know about traffic tickets or misdemeanors.  But, if you are applying for a job that requires certain licensing or working with money or children; you will probably find it difficult to get accepted to these positions with a past that involved prison time.  If this is an issue with you, your parole or probation officer can direct you as to the best way to handle this situation.

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Comments (4)

Great points, very helpful for someone looking for a job!

Useful information and neatly presented……...

Excellent. You wouldn't believe how many of these items are on resumes and don't need to be.

Sound advice, I think everyone would agree that none of these should appear on a CV :D Great work, Tere :D