In preparing, editing, and targeting your resume to specific companies and jobs, there are several things NOT to do.
Here are 10 tips from Dawn Dugan, writing for Salary.com:
- Do not include an unrealistic objective: “Outlandish, overconfident, or ‘out there’ objective statements almost always ensure that the rest of your resume isn’t read.”
- Do not highlight irrelevant work experience.
- Do not include achievements that are not really achievements: “Stick to professional and community service awards only.”
- Do include physical characteristics: “Hiring managers don’t care, so please don’t describe yourself that way.”
- Do not include unusual hobbies: “It’s fine to include a hobby or interest or two, as long as they aren’t the type to raise eyebrows.”
- Do not include private information: “Sexual orientation, religious and political affiliations, marital status, age, and whether you have children should not be included on your resume.”
- Do not use bad grammar and obscure words: “No one needs to know you are endowed with ‘sophrosyne,’ when ‘good sense’ will do.”
- Do not offer unprofessional contact data: “If your email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, don’t include it on your resume.”
- Do not provide your social security number or other sensitive information. Resumes are frequently passed along in an unsecured manner.
- Do not be too fancy with fonts, colors, and design elements. This can distract from your qualifications.
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