There is an art to writing a resume. A good resume should be brief, but not insubstantial. It should be informative but also display your personality. And it should be self-promotional without seeming arrogant. In other words, it’s difficult to pin down exactly how you should write your own resume and what you should do to tailor a resume to a specific position. However, there are certain items that never –– ever –– should appear on a professional resume. Check them out here so that you can avoid them and land a job you’ll love as a result:
1. Ancient History
Once you enter the workforce, what you did in high school no longer matters. Though you may still take great pride in your accomplishments on the football team or the chess club, keep this information to yourself. The harsh truth is that no employer will care about what you did or didn’t do when you were a teenager.
2. Embarrassing Stats
Speaking of school, it’s entirely acceptable to include tidbits about your collegiate career on a resume –– particularly if you’ve only recently graduated. However, you should never put information on your resume that shows you in a bad light. So don’t feel compelled to note a low college G.P.A. on your resume; omit it and move on.
3. Soft Skills
Do business owners value individuals with soft skills like empathy and dedication? Of course! Does that mean you should list “empathetic” or “dedicated” on your list of skills? Heck no! Doing so will make you look silly. Show off soft skills like a dedication by getting the details right on your resume and listing relevant work experience.
4. Personal Info
Your height, weight, race, religion, gender, and/or preference of ice-cream topping have no bearing on your search for gainful employment. Additionally, don’t put your photograph on your resume either. (Notable exception for individuals applying for acting or modeling roles. In such a scenario, by all means, share your headshot.)
5. Errors/Incorrect Info
Typos are cringe-worthy, and you should do everything in your power to expunge all spelling/grammatical errors from your resume text. Worse than a relatively minor writing error though is the inclusion of incorrect information. Lying on a resume is a huge mistake that could cost you many job opportunities. Remember, virtually all hiring managers will vet your resume for accuracy, and it’s not worth trying to obfuscate facts with fiction on your CV.
Whether you’re applying for a job at a company that manufactures jersey barriers or a local business that sells life insurance, make sure to keep all of this professional faux pas away from your resume. Do so, and you’ll give yourself every chance to secure an awesome job!