“It’s Not Just What You say on your resume that’s important – It’s what you don’t say, Too.” Sometimes it’s better to “zip the lip”.
Firstly – just because these are free resume tips, do not make the mistake of assuming they are of little value.
Creating a resume sounds like a pretty simple task – cram your life’s educational achievements, your work experience, job responsibilities and references onto no more than 2 sheets of paper and you’re good to go…nothing to it – until you actually sit down and try. There is a reason why so many in the work-force are stressed out…it’s not there job, it’s the after-effects of having created the resume that got them the job in the first place! Look, point I’m trying to make is that there is a lot more to it than meets the eye.
Trying to juggle all the facts and information that need to appear on your resume can become quite overwhelming to say the least. When you’ve finally figured out what to put on your resume…here is a list of five things you should never include on your resume.
1. Remember this is a business document and as such is not the place for listing personal information like religion, sexual orientation, personal philosophies and marital status etc. As a rule always test the information you intend putting on your resume against the requirements of the job you are seeking. If it has no direct relation to this – leave it out!
2. Salary conversations are best left for the interview with the employer and not put on your resume. If you must, then list the minimum you will accept. Don’t get into structuring all sorts of salary ranges etc. Do some research to know what is the accepted salary for the job you are seeking.
3. Avoid using too many industry specific jargon words. Quite often the person reading your resume will be a recruiter or hiring manager before the actual employer gets to review it. Rather use your work experience and education to showcase your knowledge of a particular field – so leave the heavy jargon out. As well, remember that using too many “big words” becomes overbearing and you risk losing the interest of your employer. Stick to suitable action words relevant to your industry.
4. Don’t list your website or blog. Nine times out of ten you will either have a picture of yourself, jokes, and other inappropriate information which has nothing to do with applying for the job at hand. If you are certain that the site you are linking too only has resume backup material like reference letters, photos for professional use and presentations – then link to it.
5. Your resume is not the place to showcase typos, misspellings and grammatical errors. This is your marketing tool to sell…you! These types of silly errors will shout more loudly to your potential employer than the best professional accolades ever could. All this shows is your lack of attention to detail and total disregard to being thorough about your work.
Take the time to put the necessary effort into creating the very best resume possible, and while sweating over it, picture yourself in the job of your dreams.