Things you never want on your resume

Although pre-screening with video is becoming more common, most recruiters will still want to see a resume of the candidate. Having a professional-looking resume or LinkedIn profile therefore is still very important. A good professional profile might not land you a job, but it might very well help you land your (online) interview. And that is where you are best able to present yourself. You will have to realize that it is a recruiters job to screen your resume superfast as they will see many a day. It may only take seconds to decide to put you on the interview list or on the ‘decline’-pile. 

So how do you create a professional resume? We all know the importance of including elements like relevant work experience and accomplishments on a resume, but what about the things you absolutely should skip? To make sure your resume positively stands out, here are some things you should better not include in your resume.

Irrelevant job experience
A list of every job you’ve ever held is not going to impress your potential employer, especially if the jobs are not that relevant or simply too long ago. Recruiters and hiring managers don’t want to know about that one summer you have worked as a bartender – unless you’re applying at a restaurant, bar or hotel of course. Make sure to start with your most recent job on top and be more elaborate when the job is more relevant.

Too much personal information
While you will probably have plenty of hobbies and social media activity, employers will focus on the professional career side of your resume. Your social media profile might be googled anyway, so make sure that you don’t post updates you do not want an employer to see. If you do want to show a bit of your personality (yes, you are more then just a future employee), try and record a video resume where you can present yourself and impress your future employer.

Irrelevant skills and achievements
Only include achievements on your resume that really are achievements in the eyes of a recruiter or hiring manager. That award you won in a competitive eating contest really isn’t something you want to mention. Also, being proficient in Microsoft Office is no longer a skill. It’s the 21st century, being skilled in things like Microsoft Office or Outlook are more like a ‘’you better be’’.

Inaccurate information
Perhaps obvious, but too important not to mention; never put anything on your resume that you didn’t really do or a recommendation from someone you do not really know. Obviously you will emphasize or exaggerate certain things on your resume, but mays sure not to deviate too far from the truth. Pretending to be somebody you’re not will get you nowhere.

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