Today’s marketplace is one of the friendliest in recent memory for people who are looking for a new job. However, that doesn’t mean the traditional rules associated with a job search no longer apply. Quite the contrary: you still need every advantage that you can get.
Unfortunately, there are some job seekers who unwittingly put themselves at a decided disadvantage, simply because of the information they choose to include on their resume. They believe they’re making their resume better by including this information, but it’s simply not the case.
It’s not that the information is bad. It’s just that the information is not needed (i.e., not central to the decision-making process of the company official reading the resume). With that in mind, below are four things that you should NOT include on your resume:
Divorced, single, or married, it doesn’t matter. Do not carve out space on your resume for this bit of information.
Job seekers have listed the number of children they have, the names of their children, and the ages of their children. None of this demonstrates to the hiring authority why a candidate should be hired for the position.
#3—Social security number
If you perform well during the interview phase of the process and land the job, then you’ll have plenty of opportunity to provide the company with your SSN.
Some job seekers believe that this will set them apart and make their resume stand out, but once again, what they look like ultimately has no bearing on whether or not they’re hired. Resist the temptation to include a photo of yourself.
Now that we’ve discussed the things that you should NOT include in your resume, let’s discuss some of the things you should do with your resume.
First, write an “executive summary” or a “professional summary,” as opposed to a “professional objective.”
Second, the resume should be nicely formatted and should have the proper keywords and applicable catchphrases related to the position and industry.
Third, the resume should be two pages in length, at most. One page is sometimes too short and three pages is definitely too long.
Follow this time-honored list of “do’s and don’ts” and remember to also stick to the basics and fundamentals of conducting a job search. That’s because they never fail you, no matter the state of the job market.
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