Writing a resume can be a bit nerve wracking. After all, this is your first impression on your employer. You won’t get another chance! So what are some of the big no-nos that will earn you a spot in the rejection pile?
7 Things to Leave Out When You’re Writing a Resume
- Personal Information
Obviously you should include things like your name (duh) and your email. But your potential employer isn’t interested in your race, height, weight, or religion–and legally, they can’t hire you on the basis of those things. Unless you’re applying to be a model with a specific appearance requirement, stick to the skills that are relevant to your prospective company.
Let go of the idea that you have to stuff your resume full of as much information as possible. Stick with what’s relevant, and edit all the rest of stuff out.
- Long, Heavy Paragraphs
In general, recruiters are going to look at your resume for less than thirty seconds to get a first impression. They don’t want to read through something that looks like a college essay. Use bullet points and keep it simple.
Does your resume have a few “slight exaggerations” about your past employment history or your skill set? Get rid of them. Lies have a way of coming to light–and the last thing you want is to destroy your chances of employment with one. Plus, you want to be hired based on your actual skill-set. Otherwise it will prove difficult to keep your job after you’ve gotten it.
- Your Old High School Email Address
We’re talking to you firstname.lastname@example.org. Time to be an adult and choose a professional email address for your resume. Stick with a combination of your name and initials.
- Reasons for Leaving Your Previous Employers
If your future employer wants to know why you left a previous one, they’ll ask. Including it on your resume makes it look like you’re trying to justify your decision.
- Spelling Errors
A spelling error on your resume says, “I didn’t care enough to read through this before sending it to you.” I once hired someone with a spelling error on their resume…never again. That person’s work matched the effort they put into their resume. Sloppy and unreliable. Seriously, don’t be that person.