7 Things To Never Include In A Resume

By: Aseriah Jordan

Writing a Resume takes more than just jotting down your jobhistory. To help you in writing a wonderful resume I will start bygiving you tips on what Not to include in a resume. Enjoy

1. Salary expectations/history. Even if you areresponding to an ad that specifically asks for this information, don'tdo it! If your expectations or salary history are too high, aprospective employer will weed you out right from the start. If it'stoo low, you have lost the bargaining power, or - worse - you will behired possibly thousands less than you are worth. It's a no-winsituation. Remember: It's always best to discuss salary requirements atthe interview.

2. Personal data. This is a big waste of preciousresume space. No employer will make the interview call based on yourage, marital status, or "excellent" health. If you are in excellenthealth is directly related to the position they are seeking (maybe awarehouse job where you has to lift heavy objects), the time to bringthat up is in the interview. We would like to think that there areenough legal protections against discrimination that disclosinginformation such as age, etc., would not be an issue, butunfortunately, you would just be fooling yourself.

3. Hobbies or personal interests. The only time thatincluding these on a resume is a good idea is when your your interestsare relevant to the position for which you are applying. For the mostpart, you can cover this in the actual interview.

4. Cutesy gimmicks. Cute or funny graphics on a resumeimmediately send the message that you are not to be taken seriously.Plus, they divert the employer's attention away from your achievementsand qualifications. I once received a resume from a woman named CandyKayn. Trying to capitalize on the "cuteness" of her name, she stuckcandy cane graphics all over her resume. Within seconds, it was in thetrash.

5. Your picture. Once again, discriminationprotections notwithstanding, pictures simply give employers anotherreason to reject a resume. If they don't like your looks - if theythink you look too young, too old, too fat, too thin, too good-looking,not good-looking, etc. - the resume may get tossed out unread. You wantthe employer to judge on the basis of your talents and qualifications -not on looks. So never include a picture. (Models and performingartists are the exception to this rule, since their appearance is partof their qualifications for some jobs. However, they generally submit8"x10" photos separately - not on the resume itself.)

6. Reasons for leaving previous jobs. These nevercount in your favor. If you left a job involuntarily, that's a strikeagainst you ("laid off" always sounds a bit like "fired" to someemployers). If you left voluntarily, that's also a strike against you."Maybe," the employer thinks, "he won't stick with this job either."The best course is to never raise the issue.

7. "References Available Upon Request." The onlyinformation on the resumes you create should be whatever isspecifically related to the job your trying to land...reference sheetscan be presented and discussed during the interview.

In Summary Keep these little put hugely affecting things outof your resume and you will have success. By impressing an employerwith your resume, they will be more than happy to set up an interviewwith you.

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