Remember that the whole point of a resume is to get an interview. Some people treat resumes as Curriculum Vitae, listing every job, duty and accomplishment since they entered the workforce. You want a resume to impress employers and show them you are capable of performing the job duties. With that said, remember NOT to include the following:
1. Your birthdate, year of high school graduation or any other indicator of age. The person reviewing the resume may think, “This person is too young to do this job”, or “This person is too old to do this job”.
2. Personal information which may contain or suggest discriminatory information such as sexual preference or religion. All information in a resume needs to be professional (unless it directly pertains to the open position), so don’t include hobbies, either.
3. References. Giving out personal information such as addresses and cell phone numbers to every prospective employer may indicate a lack of respect. Type a separate page in the same font as your resume and give out only when requested.
4. Irrelevant job experience. If you have performed duties in the food service industry and in construction, have two separate resumes. Use the header Relevant Work Experience and include jobs that show you have the experience.
5. Social Security Number-the basis for identity theft. This should be guarded information.
6. Salary history or requests. Again, employers may make assumptions based on your previous rate of pay. If the position you have applied for pays much more than you have made in the past, the company may assume you will work for less. After all, you have in the past. If the position pays less, they may not offer the job in fear that you won’t accept or will be expecting a raise soon.
7. Grammatical errors or typos. This is your first impression. If you don’t take the time to proofread and produce quality results, what does that say about your job performance? Will this person take the time at work to make sure that quality is priority?
8. Bashing of previous employers. Any negative comments will be a direct reflection on the type of person you are, not the previous employer. This is the quickest way to NOT get a job.
A resume is merely a list of skills and experiences you have. Once you have the interview, you can let your personality shine through as you sell yourself!
Career Connections Coordinator