What Not To Put On Your Resume

Is your resume facing rejections from all the recruiters and employers? Getting a call after your resume gets reviewed depends on the things you put on your resume. Remember the fact that writing a resume is an art and it must exclude the following bad things.

Disproportionate Information
A resume should have professional information in proportion higher than personal information. Your name and contact details are enough for the latter and you need to concentrate more on the job-related traits. Disclosing about religion and family background may put-off the recruiter’s mood or it may backfire in the form of discrimination.

Summer Part-time Jobs
Until and unless they contributed significantly in setting your career path, you should not mention the jobs you did for earning pocket money. Your work history should inform the recruiter about the most valuable experience you have. Don’t give unwanted space to the hobbies that you pursued as a teenager.

Information of Past Employers
If you are fortunate enough to get the new job, you will be expected to maintain the confidentiality of the company and its data. In the same way, you need to maintain secrecy about your past and current employers while writing resume for a position in some other company. Likewise, you should not disclose confidential information about your own financial living.

Illogical Career Goals
The career objective summary should be a part of a newcomers resume. If you are already in the industry for past many years, you don’t need to summarize your career goals and objectives. Use that space to highlight your job profile and responsibilities.

Dishonest and Wordy Statements
Mentioning lies about the work history and past job durations is a common mistake that applicants commit. Remember the simple fact that most of the companies go beyond the information posted in the resume to verify the candidates’ backgrounds. It is good to be honest and create impression in other ways. Pointless wordy statements can also frustrate the reviewer. Restrain from including them in the resume.

Information to Be Presented Later
Here are few things that should not find place in a resume, but should be provided on-demand during face-to-face interview:

  • What Salary You Expect: Don’t mention it until it is asked by the employer. Again, don’t mention an exact figure, but use a suitable range.
  • Reason for Quitting Past Jobs: Resumes are not the right platforms to provide reasons for leaving previous job. Don’t mention if you were fired, but be prepared to answer about the same during the interview.
  • References: Don’t follow the suite by luring the recruiter with ‘references on request’ statement. Keep them reserved for the interview and that too if asked for.

Most of the experienced recruiters also count things like headshots and physical appearance details as unnecessary. In addition, providing chunks of information may also reduce the chances of your resume to get noticed. Share relevant, honest and necessary information in an interesting, engaging and presentable manner.