Items You Should Avoid on Your Résumé

Crafting the perfect résumé can be a very crafty undertaking. Some people are not exactly sure of what to put on it and what to leave off. It’s possible that general job applications are a source of blame for this confusion. A standard job application may ask for personal information such as marital status, or personal details and non-work related interests. In finding these items on a standard application, applicants may also believe that this type of information should be included on a résumé as well. For the 411 on some of the things you should NOT have on your résumé, keep reading. The information here will help you to get a better understanding of common things that you should not have on your résumé.

#1 Errors

This one should go without saying, but instead it must be said. Typos are common mistakes found on a résumé and can leave an employer with the impression that you are careless, think little of the position or company, or do not pay attention to detail. They may think that all of these things could be a reflection of your work ethic or it may even cause them to question your overall abilities. When you create your résumé, read it, step away from it, and then reread it. In fact, have a fresh set of eyes other than your own to read it as well. Use spell check, but also read each individual word aloud to ensure correctness. Demonstrating that you have good spelling and grammar shows that you care about your work and your personal presentation.

#2 Age

This is another question job applications may ask. They may not ask directly but when they request your date of birth, it is the same as asking your age. To avoid the possibility of age discrimination, a résumé should not include this information. Even though the employer may be able to add up an estimate age though your work history and any dates on education, your résumé should really be made to focus on your skills, abilities and accomplishments. Be careful with phrases such as, “over 20+ years of experience,” which could work as a plus or a negative, depending on the position and the hiring manager. Be sure to let this be the emphasis of your résumé and not how young or old you are.

#3 References Information  

As an age old practice, many people will still add “references available upon request” to the bottom of their résumé. This line item is no longer necessary. A potential employer will assume that you do have references and will request them when they are needed in their hiring process. Adding this is waste of precious résumé real estate space where an additional line of information that is actually useful to the employer could be presented instead. Rather, take the time to create a professional reference sheet that you can provide to potential employers upon request.

#4 Past Salary Information

According to the experts, adding in your salary from past jobs is unprofessional. It can make your own position weaker when it comes to time skillfully negotiate a new salary based on the opportunity and your past experience. This is something that should be deferred to a later date in the interview process and upon the initiation of the interviewer.

#5 Poorly Chosen Email Address Name

We all may have a personalized email address where we receive the bulk of our mail. However, you should refrain from listing email addresses with questionable names on your résumé. An employer will not be impressed with something like, or something even more descriptive. If you are a job seeker, create a new email account with something professional, such as your name or your initials, that is used just for job hunting.

These are a list of just a few things, but remember, when in doubt you should probably leave it out!