10 Resume No No’s
1. All the gory details.
Stick to career objectives, performance, results and facts. Do NOT go into all the gory details about your life. There is no place for that on your resume whatsoever.
2. Older than Dirt
If you are 45 years old, don’t write about your summer job as a candy store clerk when you were 16. It’s irrelevant information and it’s older than dirt and makes no positive impact on your job search today. Unless of course you are applying for a position as a candy store clerk.
3. Photos of any kind
Head shots are bad. You and your python are even worse. You are being hired for your skills. Not your chiseled cheeks.
4. How much bling you are after
Putting money or benefit desires on your resume will almost immediately disqualify you for most, if not all professional positions. Save that data for when you are staring face to face with the hiring manager and you hone in on your Donald Trump-like negotiation skills.
5. Lies, more lies and damn lies….
Do I even have to explain this? If you lie, you’ll get caught. If not by your employer, then by your creator and you’ll have to suffer an eternity in some really hot place with no water.
6. Anything confidential…
No one needs to know how much your house costs, or how much money it takes to effectively run your household. They don’t need to know that you have a 16 year old son and 12 year old daughter and a dog named Dummy… It’s just not their business… so leave it off.
7. You slept in the mop closet…
Although you’ll eventually have to explain why you were fired from your last job, the resume is not the place for it. Let your resume speak for itself and discuss your skills and performance. Once you are being considered, that’s when you should be truthful about why you were fired. You stand a much better chance being up front and honest at that point than if you just blurt it out on your resume.
8. Being a superhero
We all know that YOU were not the only one responsible for increasing the company’s revenue by 800,000,000,000,000,000.00 in your first year by spearheading your magical leadership ninja skills. How do we know that? Because you were the receptionist and well.. as important as you are to the company, overly ambitious writings just won’t make us believe you. Be factual and focus on real tangible results that can be proven.
9. References available on request…
Ummmm… you assume that I won’t request those? Of course I will. So be ready to hand them over. The problem with this sentence is that it’s just not needed. Any decent company is going to check references so either leave this statement off, or go ahead and just list em… cause we are gonna want em…
10. Don’t write a novel…
Even if your skills are diverse and even if you are “The Most Interesting Man in The World” your resume shouldn’t go into too much detail unless you are “The Most Interesting Man in The World” but you aren’t so keep it short, factual and make sure the content is something the hiring manager can sink his/her teeth into relatively quick as they are very busy.