Next to the face-to-face interview, the part of the job search process where job seekers and candidates hurt themselves the most is their resume.
Unfortunately, they construct their resumes in a poor fashion, and that hurts their chances of even being contacted for a face-to-face interview, or at the very least, a phone interview. We’ve touched upon the subject of your resume on previous occasions:
“5 Ways to Update Your Resume at the End of the Year”
“The 4 Most Important Aspects of Your Resume”
In this blog post, we’re going to focus on those things that you shouldn’t include on your resume. We’re doing so with help from Jenny Foss, who wrote the article “7 Things to Remove From Your Resume ASAP” for The Muse.
There are some things you shouldn’t have on your resume that are basically understood, such as lies and a headshot (photo) of yourself. Lying on your resume (or at any time, really) is a cardinal sin, and submitting a photo of yourself is inappropriate in just about every way imaginable.
However, in addition to those two, below are four other things you do NOT need on your resume:
#1—Potentially unusual interests or hobbies
Why omit these? Because if the person reading your resume doesn’t share the same interests, they’re going to judge you, subconsciously or otherwise. Not only that, but if those interests or hobbies don’t have something specific to do with the job for which you’re applying, why exactly are you putting them on your resume? Being a competitive food eating champion will not help you land the job.
#2—Talking about yourself in the third person
You’re not Bo Jackson. (Don’t know who he is? Click here.) Committing this sin will turn off the hiring manager or decision maker, regardless of your abilities and experience.
#3—Your email address . . . at your current employer
You should definitely have a separate email address for your job search. Using your email address where you work is poor form, and it suggests that you’re looking for a new job on company time . . . which leads the hiring authority to believe that you’ll do the same thing at their company.
#4—Non-relevant job history
Potential employers only care about the work history that shows how you’ll help them in the future. Including jobs that have nothing to do with the job for which you’re applying is not going to help you. In fact, it’s only going to hurt your chances.
Click here to read the rest of The Muse article, including a list of ways in which you can correct these egregious mistakes.
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