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Things not to include on your resume

28 January 2016, 16:37 Biko Rading

The most important tool you have toward getting that new job is your resume. It tells a potential employer who you are and should impart your potential value to the prospective employer.

It is the potential employer’s first impression of you and needs to present you in the best light. Accordingly, there are a few things that should never be put on a resume.

An outrageous objective or goal

A sense of humor has value. It really does! It can make a bad situation lighter to bear for all those involved. But there’s a time and place for everything, and stating on your resume that you aspire to be the next  Barrack Obama, Bill Gates or Donald Trump won’t get you admired or hired. Save the personality insights for the interview.

Unrelated job experience

Don’t clutter up your resume with the assortment of odd jobs that you’ve had unless they’re in the same field that you’re trying to acquire a job in.

Playful awards

No one cares about the bread eating contest you won during a school eating contest. The fact that you were the prom queen/king or voted Most Likely to Succeed in school might make interesting lunchroom conversation if you’re hired, but these facts have no place on your resume.

Business awards or recognition for community service should be listed. Being recognized as a Top Salesman or a Valuable Volunteer at the food bank is something that could favorably influence a prospective employer.

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Under no circumstances should the average job seeker enclose pictures of any kind with their resume. Photographers have to submit portfolios of their work to prospective clients, and actors, actresses, and some photo-journalists also need to include images, but they are the exceptions to the rule.

Submitting your picture on a resume is considered unprofessional. Other than that, a picture of you could trigger an unconscious negative reaction on the part of the prospective employer, who just might not like redheads or the tie you’re wearing in the photo.

Private personal information

Any information that deals with your personal opinions or sexual orientation should never be shared on a resume or interview.

The applicant’s sexual orientation, religious viewpoint and political affiliation are not relevant to the hiring procedure and shouldn’t be brought up or offered for discussion. Period.

Also, don’t put your Social Security number or any banking data on the resume; you never know where it’ll end up. Unfortunately, your resume could end up in the trash, which could then end up in the wrong hands.

Extravagant verbiage

Being too smart for your own good is a real outcome of trying to impress someone with your vocabulary on your resume.

Never use a big word if a simple one will do. After all, clarity in written communication is key, and those who are viewing your resume will toss it in the trash before they reach for a dictionary.

Participation in a technical colloquy may sound edgy to you, but a conference is just a conference and the term shouldn’t be glitzed up. If the reader takes the time to look up colloquy, they’ll most likely wonder why you weren’t smart enough to use what to them is the correct word, conference. That loud noise you just heard was you shooting yourself in the foot.

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