As a job seekers, you are probably most concerned with what you SHOULD include on your resume – professional history, education, and achievements are at the top of that list. However, did you know there are certain things that you SHOULD NOT have on your resume? That’s right! Check out my list below to ensure you don’t have these items on your document.
#1 – An objective. Don’t include this tired and worn-out statement. After all, it probably says something similar to the fact that you want to be a role model for others, learn as you grow in the workplace, and be the world’s most perfect employee. In short, an objective doesn’t really tell the employer anything viable about you as a job candidate.
#2 – Jobs from 15 or 20 years ago. While I enjoyed working as a bank teller during high school, that job was over 20 years ago and it is not relevant to what I want to do in the future. Now, if I was applying to be a loan officer or the bank president, it may be worth mentioning. Other than that, it’s out-of-date and not important anymore. So, before you add that OLD job history to your document, consider if it is really relevant. And, if not, then eliminate it from your resume.
#3 – An unprofessional email address. If you graduated from college 10 years ago and you’re still using your alumni email address as the contact method, it’s time to get with the times. Or, if your email username is foxylady or greenbaypackersfan, consider opening a new email address strictly for your job search. Be professional and utilize your name (if possible) for your email address. And, NEVER use the email address from your current job – not only is it unprofessional, but you may be endangering your current job situation.
#4 – References. While this used to be a tried-and-true ending to a resume, that is no longer the case. Typically, if references are asked for during the job search, you can supply them in a separate document. In addition, don’t include the line, “References Available Upon Request,” at the end of the document. Of course you have references available – and, your resume is a targeted document – don’t waste that valuable space on a line that doesn’t deliver further information.
#5 – Personal Information. While I’m sure your personal life is interesting, your resume is not the place to include those details. Frankly, your hobbies and interests are probably not going to land you a new job. And, although your family is fantastic, NEVER include those details. No one needs to know that you have been married for 10 years, divorced twice, or have 3 children—again, the job search is not the place for major life revelations.
If you have more questions about what to include and not include in your new resume, contact me today! I would LOVE to help you sift through the details and create a resume that aligns with your future career goals. Get started today – send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org for a free resume review!