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5 things you should never include in your resume

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5 things you should never include in your resume

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									5 things you should never include in your resume

Composing a resume is a difficult task, as we all know. It takes time and
patience to fit your whole professional history within one or two pages,
and present yourself as the best candidate for the job. While we focus so
much of our energy on what to include in our resumes, we forget to stop
and think about the information that should never be included. The
following five items are at the top of the Resume Don’ts list:

1.    Do not get personal. Any information that discloses your
demographics should not be listed in your resume. Your age, race,
ethnicity, religious beliefs, marital status, physical appearance, or
your personal philosophies are not critical to your job performance, and
therefore should never be listed on your resume. Present yourself as a
professional to your potential employers. Your resume is not a list of
your hobbies or interests; it is a listing of your education, your
qualifications and your employment history. Stick to the information
relevant to the job and your career objective.
2.    Do not list salary information or requirements on your resume. This
is a strict rule, and you must follow it. Your employer is concerned with
what your desired salary is, not what you earned in your first job out of
college. If you are asked to provide salary requirements, do so in your
cover letter not your resume. As a best practice, always list a minimum
you are willing to accept for the job, and avoid using a salary range. Do
your research and know what the acceptable salary is for the job of your
interest. Whenever possible, leave all salary conversations to for the
interview with your potential employer.
3.    Do not use jargon or too many “big words.” Unless you are
absolutely certain that the person reading your resume will understand
the terminology you are using, avoid using jargon in your resume. Gear
your resume toward recruiters rather than an immediate hiring manager,
because the human resources associates are usually the first to scan your
resume. You should showcase your knowledge of a particular field through
your education and experience; thus, jargon doesn’t have any place on
your resume. In addition, avoid using too many “big words.” Don’t hide
behind your vocabulary; making your resume overbearing is sure to lose
the interest of your employer. Use the action words that are relevant to
your career level.
4.    Do not list your personal web site. As a rule, do not include your
personal web site if it contains your photo or other photos that may be
viewed as inappropriate, if it contains jokes (even if they are clean
jokes), or your blog. In other words, if the site you have is entirely
for personal purposes, you are best leaving it off your resume. Only
include a link to your web site if the pages are set up to showcase your
professional portfolio, a copy of your resume, reference letters,
presentations, photos taken for professional use, or your web development
skills.
5.    Do not have any typos. The most important factor in achieving a
winning resume is proof reading. You want to put your best foot forward.
If your resume contains grammar and spelling problems, your potential
employer will get an impression that you are not detail-oriented. It is
hard to proof a document you have been working on so closely – use spell
check (but be ware, it will not catch everything), ask your friends for
help, meet with a career counselor. Do your best to present the most
polished resume to your potential employers.

								
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