Your resume is a gateway to your dream job. A simple document decides your eligibility for the job that you apply to. Though you take utmost care to frame your resume, most recruiters glance at it for about 8-10 seconds and decide whether you are worth considering for the position.
Now that we know your resume matters a lot, it’s important to take care of what should it contain and what shouldn’t be on it. Given below are a few things that should not be on your resume.
Any Personal Data Beyond Your Contact Information
Do not include any personal information other than your address, email, and phone number. Your details like age, date of birth, race, sex, religion, political affiliation, and the names and ages of your spouse and/or children are not necessary. Also leave out information regarding your driver’s license number, credit card details, passport number, social security number etc. that could allow someone to steal your identity.
You should never mention your salary details in the previous organizations as it might send a wrong message to the recruiter. Displaying salary figures on your resume puts you at a disadvantage. If you are so concerned about your salary, talk to the interviewer or the HR directly and discuss it. The best time to discuss your salary is when you receive your offer of employment.
Hobbies and Interests
It is unnecessary to include hobbies and interests in your resume. Do not include them unless you are applying for a modelling or an acting agency. Rule out hobbies and interests that are irrelevant to the job.
Crazy Fonts And Colors
While creating your resume use fonts which are easy to read and won’t confuse the readers. Fonts that are soft, gentle and modern are suggested to use in your resume. It’s not advisable to use too many fonts or colors in your resume as it looks too colorful, harder to read and makes the recruiter absorb less about you.
As you are portraying your best self, try to make your resume look more impressive and professional.
Photographs and Physical characteristics
While some of the companies require a photograph with each resume, most of them do not. In fact, most companies prefer you not to include your photograph so they can safely adhere to the Equal Employment Opportunity legislation.
However it’s an exception if you are applying for a modelling or acting job, where appearances decide the hiring process. Similarly companies prefer that you do not include your physical characteristics which might open possible means of discrimination against that company.
Unrelated Work Experience
There is no compulsion for you to list every job you have held, on your resume. It’s enough to include positions you have held in the past 10 years, unless a much previous job strongly demonstrates your qualifications. You can leave out any unrelated jobs that you might have taken in your past.
However, if you are a fresher and have no experience, you need to focus on your achievements in college and you can also include your temporary work positions or projects if any, and include the skills gained that prepared you for the job.
Use of Abbreviations
Avoid using any abbreviations in your resume as they can be very annoying and distracting. Always use the expanded form if you have to use any and explain them in brackets or through a footnote.
There is no necessity for you to provide the names and contact numbers of your former employment place in your resume. You can furnish the details of the referrals once the offer is made.
Certain other things like adding a preparation date on the resume, negative words or ideas about you or your employer, grammatical or spelling mistakes should be completely avoided. Rather than focusing on what you are seeking in a job, highlight on the things that you can offer to the employer.
Creating a good impression on the recruiter with an effective resume is the first step towards cracking an interview.