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Ten Things to NOT Include on your Resume
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It's job season right now, so I want to make sure you have the best chance possible to actually secure a position. If your resume has any of the ten items listed below you're probably not off to the best start. Whether it's your hobbies or your work phone (why do you want a new employer contacting you at work!?), take them off your resume and you'll immediately become a stronger candidate. Enjoy! :) EDIT: These are general guidelines, not rules. There's leeway in everything.

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Number 7 is really good. I wasn't have much luck recently, so I used an English variant of my name, created a new email based on it and got 8 interviews scheduled the first week.
 
I hated writing objectives when i first started writing resumes... i like the career stuff u post +Carter Gibson , used it to write my last resumer lol
 
Exactly +Z'ev Hadash! Emails matter!

+Em Wells - Awesome! That's what I like to hear! And I mean, I am a career counselor. I get paid for this shit ;) Anyways, super glad your resume is all awesome now!
 
Your marital status is relevant, as also your photo.
Making those things ilegal, is the typical USA legal no sense.
 
I don't see how either of those things matter at all when it comes to employment +Rafa Él. If anything that just makes it much easier to discriminate.
 
I also changed from Chronological to Functional formats. I listed three or 4 "job descriptions", then the places I did them over the past 21 years. This highlighted my skills over my employment history. Leaving the country for months or years at a time creates unsightly gaps in ones resume.
 
You are not hiring a robot, you are choosing a person to become part of your company. Is not a matter of you liking this or not, is that it is relevant information the person hiring you will want, if not in your CV, they will get it in the personal interview, and if not shared in CV, they probably will go for those they can have the info from, to start from
 
There's definitely no "one" standard resume +Z'ev Hadash and finding creative ways to fix those sorts of things is a good idea :)

+séain Gutridge - Exactly. And if they do matter than it's an admission that marital status and appearance affects job performance. I dunno. Only win for me is to not include it :)
 
It doesn't make sense to say don't include "irrelevant work experience." :) All experience makes us to what we are today. What I would not include is a job I left on bad terms with (which has happened! I had to leave a job that was using me one time).
 
I feel like there is no real standard and I see a lot of conflicting information.
I have been told to do 1,3,and 4 by enough hiring managers that I eventually caved and added a statement at the top (not labeled as objective though, more giving a brief description of what I bring to the table since the cover letter tends to fall off early in the process), moved onto a second page in interest of outlining my responsibilities more clearly, and some hobbies that show that I am well-rounded and would fit in with the culture there.

 
Years ago i worked for Corporate Systems & Technology Division of Boston Safe Deposit & Trust Company Mellon Trust. Part of my job was to screen resumes for our divison so i could scrub illegal-under-US-law data from the foreign candidates' resumes.

I also met with foreign candidates who came in to interview prior to their interviews to explain things they ought not volunteer, and would not be asked here vs where they came from.
 
See for me +Shane Corning I like to think that if I only have one page (and you only have one page haha) then i want that space to be utilized as efficiently as possible. While one position may be a good position, maybe I have other experience that's more relevant. That other, less relevant position got me to where I am and therefore it served its purpose. It can drop off your resume and live on a LinkedIn or in "Work Experience" on other sites. Resumes are challenging not only because of formatting and wording, but because in order to have a strong one you have to push yourself to get more relevant jobs to beef it up.

Personally I have a job that I left on very bad terms on my resume because the experience up until my boss tried to sell me weed in my cubicle (no joke) was really awesome. They apologized profusely but I quit and never looked back. It will however be the next job to drop off my resume. But yes, in general, don't include jobs you were fired from haha
 
I spent 15 years in the tech sector, where 2-3 pages is/was the norm. Knowing what's expected in your field, or your targeted field, is important, too. Not to mention if you're applying in other countries.
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.... not sure on American law at all, but while I am sure it may be illegal to ask, surely its not illegal to give that information freely...
 
It is illegal to volunteer information that may not be asked in the interview, as that data may not be considered at all, under any circumstances, for employment in the US.
 
+Carter Gibson is Carter Gibson your real name?
Then do not worry much about all this personal details, and better look to your facebook and google+ walls. Before being called, they are going to google your name...
(depends on the job you are seeking, but most Human Resources do this with candidates)
 
What advice do you have +séain Gutridge? Do you agree?

+Sharon Strandskov - Those sorts of things (interests, fleshing out responsibilities, fit with culture, etc) really belong better in a cover letter as opposed to your resume. The same can be said for "Objective." The resume proves your qualifications and your cover letter proves fit while allowing you to expand on a resume and give yourself the opportunity to tell more about hobbies, etc in an interview. CVs can have more than one page, but you need to have a lot of experience, training, and education to warrant one.
 
^^^^^^^ and that. ( +Scott Schneider ) .... My Programming resume is three pages long. If you're not hiring programmers, you don't get sent it, though.
 
In Hungary unless you include 4,6 (!!), and 8, you have basically no chance of getting a callback. Honestly, who cares if I like skiing, or what hair color I have? These are not qualities that will make me qualified for a job. My personality should only be taken into consideration at the interview, after we all agree that I am otherwise qualified. I just wish this list was true for countries outside the US :(
 
+Tren C There is the "voluntary information" section on many applications. I don't answer those questions.

+Carter Gibson May not be related, but in light of recent news, I have created an "Employer Safe" Facebook page. I've recently found some companies invite you to apply by "Sign in with Facebook". I don't think any potential employers need to know that my hobbies may include crochet and body piercings...
 
Where I'm from, where it's full of shutterbugs and social media users, the photo on the resume is used as an advantage, esp in mega job fairs and mass hiring situations. But yes, I strongly advocate the 1-page resume, so the list really helps!
 
Agreed on everything but number 3. Even Google recommends a second page if you need it, but nothing more than that.

With a limit of 1-2 pages, any "less relevant" work experience drops off and if there's work experience that just doesn't apply to your job (eg. lighting design -> computer science) then I leave it off too. I've had interviewers ask questions about hobbies and stuff during the interview before, and that's the best time to bring it up if you think it makes you "who you are".
 
+קלוד פליס I can see where that would work, faces tend to stick over names. But all of us are not that photogenic and a mug shot on my resume would not be a good thing.
 
+Rafa Él - Carter Gibson is my real name and is used on all of my networks, websites, handles, and interactions. My whole thing online puts me in a unique situation where I strive to represent as much as myself as possible in an effort to portray myself as "human" as possible without fractured identities. This is why you'll see posts that are very mature here mixed with me enjoying a beer on the porch. While the government may not like that very much, that's not the employer I'm targeting. The way I use the internet attracts me attention enough to speak at conferences and be hired into the role of Community Manager at two companies. I don't recommend this for everyone by any means, but for me it works very well for my brand (which luckily is be Human). But great question. I need to do a post about that I think....

+Shane Corning - Indeed, but in general there's a pretty good one page rule. Exceptions abound everywhere of course :)
 
+קלוד פליס If the photo is of the applicant, it isn't allowed in the US because it could lead to discrimination (race, gender, attractiveness, etc.). Granted it's usually easy to distinguish women's names from men's names, but how someone looks has absolutely no bearing on how they perform at a job, so it's not allowed on a resume.
 
+Carter Gibson I agree that the cover letter is where you really try to show some of who you are and why they should select you, however the cover letter tends to fall off before your resume makes it to the person that is interviewing you. Not only have I heard this from many other managers, but I have experienced it myself when I was hiring external candidates. Again, I don't like objective statements, but in some cases they make sense in making a short powerful statement. If it is fluff, it needs to go. I cringe when I see an objective statement that doesn't actually say anything other than "I want this type of job".

We can agree to disagree, but I personally think that showing that I actively organize events and manage website as hobbies is relevant when applying for marketing roles. 
 
+Petra Doktor Number 8 means you dont need to specifically mention that petradoktor@gmail.com is an Email, or a (+34) 645.56.78 is a phone number, by writing PHONE and EMAIL in front of this info. Why would this criteria change no matter the country.
 
Speaking from a United States POV: I agree completely with items 6-10 in the graphic. I agree with 2 completely from items 1-5 -- a resume should be tailored to the position as much as a cover letter. Items 1 and 4 can be useful and relevant respectively, especially expanding 4 to include volunteer work. Valuable skills can be learned/honed in a volunteer environment. Item 5 generally would be a separate page, not part of the resume, and provided only upon request.

Other than the graphic: if you're changing industries, find out what's expected in the new industry. When seeking work, take the time to be creative in describing what you've done in past positions to best fit you for the position you're applying for, but don't claim anything that you cannot support in interview and/or that is easily determined to be false. Presume they will contact some past employers.

If you have fluency in a language other than English -- mention it. I've gotten many jobs due to my fluency in Spanish, functionality in Portuguese, and my minimal French. I've even managed to muddle through Dutch, Swedish, and German in written communications. More jobs in the US need multilingual people than many, especially Americans, may think, including in both the private and the public sector, especially on the coasts and along the Mexican border. Where i live, Amharak, Hindi, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Russian, and Arabic can all be useful, among myriad other languages.

In the State of Maryland it is illegal for an employer to ask for social networking or any other passwords as the part of a hiring process or as a condition of continued employment. Maryland having outlawed that will cause that to be de facto illegal in Washington, DC and nearby Virginia.
 
+Sharon Strandskov - Actually, reading the cover letter first is antiquated. When resumes used to be mailed, the cover letter would go in front as an introduction. Nowadays employers actually read the resume first to make sure you're qualified before wasting time reading a cover letter.
 
And to adress the use of search engines on a candidate, for those of us online since back when hector was a pup in tech terms, meh. Even for younger people like +Carter Gibson and i'm sure many of you, if you're active online, they'll find less than you think. You need not post everything publicly, and even if you do, with enough volume, it becomes onerous to sift through it all.

Frankly, employment should be mutual. If they don't want me for what i've posted, their loss, and my headaches avoided. As i matured, quality of environment began to trump actual job for me.
 
I want to make myself as searchable as possible. I'm very easy to find. The FBI may not like that, but social media agencies like to see my presence and audience.
 
+Carter Gibson whether they aren't seeing it at all (which is more likely), or are seeing it after (like you said), isn't that more of a reason to have a resume that lets some of you shine through?
 
Ha, e-mail addresses are free! It's a little disappointing to see individuals share somewhat silly email handles in a professional environment. Great point!
 
Honestly, I don't think my boss spent more than 15 seconds reading a resume. Cover letters never got read. Pretty presentation binders were immediately taken apart and recycled.
 
+Rafa Él thanks, I know what it means. You included my email address...why? I simply stated that here, you have to include even the most basic things. E-mail> blabla, phone> blabla. If you don't write "phone" in front of your number they say "it could be anything, you need to tell me this is your phone number".
 
I don't think you have to include "phone" or "email" at all. That's all very much so self explanatory.
 
by "here" I mean Hungary. I agree, it's dumb.
 
Eeeeenteresting. Yeah, there are definitely cultural differences.
 
+Carter Gibson I agree that it is good to keep it to one page, especially if you're young, but as others said it is fairly normal in the tech industry to break that rule. As you gain a decent amount of work experience, certifications, degrees, etc, it becomes more and more common.
When I was hiring people, my rule about candidates with resumes longer than a page was very simple: you better have something good to say. If they did, I thought it was great that they had so much experience and didn't mind a second page at all.
I have spoken to a lot of people at different companies that feel the same way and do not immediately discard resumes over a page. 
 
right on. and yet-still see the two+ page resumes with what damned middle school they went to.
 
Is this targeted for US? I feel some of those don't apply in Europe.
 
It's absolutely US targeted. I tried to make that clear, but I should have made it more clear! Sorry +Mats Abrahamsen!
 
15 seconds to get a new email? Show me where?
 
I've added my Xbox gamerscore on my resume to the Microsoft games group, and I think it helped ;)
 
Phone or email.....do u mean not to put them on the CV.....then how would we get the call from them if shortlisted.
 
according to the us government now you should include your facebook password and username on your CV. Good luck americans with your wonderful government :S
 
You should still put them there +Vishal Shetty, you just don't have to label them :) Does that make sense?
 
No, it doesn't give them the password then change it!!! DUHHHH or delete it and come to GOOGLE PLUS+ :)
 
Haha, put me up in Sweden +Ygor Geyer. I hear it's nice there. And yeah, I mean, every place has its issues :)
 
A picture and martial status isn't illegal to put on a resume, just illegal for a potential employer to ask for that information.
I agree that no one should ever include martial status, especially women. Don't willingly mention it in an interview either.
 
Why your own photo on your own resume is illegal in US (like any kind of personal information I want to share) is beyond me.
 
Pascal, photos are illegal on all applications in part to prevent discrimination based on skin tone. 
 
I don't entirely agree on the hobbies part. When I'm reviewing resumes, I like to see that the person has some other activities in life. That said: one sentence. Maybe two, if the hobby is really unusual.
 
+Jeff Bailey - interesting. in my resume I try to blend hobbies into my leadership experience and honors as well as my Online Projects to paint a better picture of myself without a dedicated interests or hobbies section. Good to know though!
 
Keep it short and simple with no spelling mistakes, my boss has dismissed candidates because of incorrect spelling and autobiographies masquerading as resumes, same goes with the cover letters as well
 
#3 is wrong. 2 pages is fine, just don't cram a bunch of 8pt text onto them.

Source: I have screened resumes for open positions at Google.
 
I would say that #4 is not completely irrelevant. Who doesn't want to hire interesting people?
 
Paying attention to detail, like the typo in #2, can never be underestimated either. :)
 
I agree with you +Erica Joy. There are always exceptions to general guidelines. What I've seen as a career consultant is that generally including a second page is a formatting issue opposed to two pages of legitimate content. Also. Noted.

+Warren Rehman - I think that all parts of your resume should be interesting, not just your "hobby" section if you choose to include one. Instead of having a dedicated section for hobbies or interests you should blend those into leadership/projects/honors to be inferred.

+Ben Roberts - I am ashamed....lol lettttt'ssssss keep that on the DL lol ;)
 
These recommendations are soooo USA oriented! Glad to see that this is not the universal standard. A resume like this is just like a Big Mac: Uninteresting and mediocre.
 
Haha so much hate from Europe! Yes, these are definitely US skewed. I think there's still a lot of room to make an interesting resume, these recos are just for the standard :) Don't take risks until you understand the basics
 
A photo and your marital status (the 2 things that are illegal in to put on your CV in America) - you are actually expected to include when applying for work in France. Bizarre.
 
If you can't succinctly convey your experiences in 1 or 2 pages, then you should really redo it, even if you think its all relevant
 
Or pretty much anywhere in Europe, for that matter..
 
Actually that would be very interesting +Victor van R. You should share yours. I'm legitimately intrigued.
 
Everything depends on the job you're applying for. An academic job needs your publications and professional associations. In the international development business (I am in) you get nowhere without listing your language skills and references are a must. Location is important Europe is different from Africa, Asia or Australia. Adaptation and localisation is key.
 
8th should be removed from the list i think because email and phone will be more presentable, other than that all is well.......CARTER...
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+Em Wells I'd say all of the above information is relevant for UK applications. I've read CVs from other parts of Europe which include the personal details mentioned above, and found it extremely awkward in an "I don't need to know this!" kind of way. Don't include a photo, don't include marital status, don't say how many kids you have, and so on. They are not relevant to the job.

Strangest thing I've seen was a CV listing both parents, and their professions. Maybe to show good genes or something, I don't know. Still struck me as odd.
 
That's definitely a European thing +Jonas Aurelius Blom. That doesn't fly to well in the US of A.

+Mohiz Tank - So you'd prefer "Phone: 555555 | Email: adjklas@asda.com" instead of "555555 | adsada@sada.com"?
 
Oh! A different opinion from Europe! Thanks +Steven Thurgood. Just goes to show how there's never one rule for any one place. These are guidelines. Nothing more :)
 
'mornin' +Carter Gibson . Very interesting. First of all, I like the approach "quick & dirty! and absolutely agree, that time isn't a thing we have too much available on a typical working day.
But sex, material status and a picture? C'mon, that really is typical US nonsense, I'm totally with +Rafa Él . Wanna know why?
A) Picture
IF beautiful people are prefered, THEN all the unemployed are ugly ones? IF beautiful people are payed better, THEN housekeepers are straight on bad looking and CEOs are models?
B) Sex
You talk about saving time. You read the CV first, then the cover letter, right? Well, if an employer doesn't like another female employee (and that's what this is about), the employer won't hire her anyway. But he wasted an hour interviewing her.
C) Material status
I get the arguments for A & B. Really I do and their might be something to it. But my status. That's crazy stuff. But I'm not surprised at all, because in your country one calls fat people "weight challenged" and every other year you announce another word for black people. However you call them, it will always discriminate them, unless you call all of them what they are: human beings or people.

Side note: Where's the fun skipping through applications and rate the hot interns? You gotta have fun at work, ey?
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Haha, that last line proves my point +roeder hallo ;) But good morning to you too! Good points though. I still think those things have no place on resumes but you argued your point :) Totally almost bedtime for me here on the East Coast haha
 
The amount of people I've seen apply for a professional job giving an e-mail along the lines of 'pinkfluffyrabbit at gmail' is unreal.
 
haha! I think if I saw pinkfluffyrabbit I would interview just to see the person.
 
i think that varies from one country to another
 
Haha in Russia recruiters/HRs INSIST that you provide your photo, date of birth and marital status (esp. if you are a woman) and whether you have children. We are a barbaric country you see...
 
still... thanks for posting...i think it gives us a wider perspective as to what happens especially in the US
 
LOL, this is all so common sense. (says the guy without a real job for years.)
 
A 2nd page is perfectly fine as long as it's on double sided paper.
 
Wow this generated some conversation. I didn't take the time to double check my comment against others but I do see that you clarify that what you say varies... so we agree. My 2 cents would be 1 & 3 totally vary by how progressive the industry is. In legal, for example, if you've 10+ years experienced & you only have 1 page & no statement, you look very inexperienced.
 
Nice info. Oh, and make sure everything is spelled correctly. 2) Irrelevant is spelled wrong.
 
You = fun :) Who else could get me to "jump for joy" in a promo video?
 
I wouldn't agree with #6 and #10. As HR manager I can attest that CV with photos would attract more attention and, in most cases, end up on top of the pile. Personal info (like marital status) can also be quite relevant for certain jobs. Both are customary and perfectly legal here in Switzerland.

Regarding #8, it is a good idea to label phone numbers if you are putting several of them (like mobile and home)

Regarding #3, #4 and #5 - it might or might not be a good idea depending on the particular job you are applying for.
 
Interesting hobbies make me more likely to interview a person. Phone or email makes automated parsin g easier so the cv is more likely to be in the db properly and sop more likel;y to be seen in the first place. Cover letters often get discarded so anything in them may be lost.
 
+Rufus Evison - I think that all parts of your resume should be interesting, not just your "hobby" section if you choose to include one. Instead of having a dedicated section for hobbies or interests you should blend those into leadership/projects/honors to be inferred.
 
I agree +Rufus Evison , interesting hobbies also make me more interested in a person, even if I am not particularly interested in the hobby, it's good to know somebody has a passion in life, and you can ask a few questions on it to work out what makes a person tick.
 
+Carter Gibson Good tips, however, a typical CV consists of two pages on double sided paper. Anything else will be thrown away.
 
It is not illegal to include a photo on your resume in the US. It is not common practice because employers cannot consider age, race or gender of an applicant. It is illegal for an employer to require a photo unless the job you are applying for is to be photographed (e.g. model, actor, etc.)
 
You misspelled my misspelling +kristin mak ;) But yes yes. I know. It was late. Good thing this isn't my resume hehe

+Lee Williams - Ah, now we're getting into the difference between CV and Resume. In general, resumes are only one page with an attached cover letter. Also hi! I'm from Virginia Beach!
 
1. If there is no email or phone, how they contact you.
2. One page CV will be too short
3. Photos sometimes do the trick but not for all
All others agree.
 
i personally don't agree with some of these:
hobbies- the person you are sending a cv to knows this way what kind of person you are.
photo- they need to see what you look like.
phone or email- they need to be able to reach you
personal info- need to know what you do in life (if you are a student,...)
 
Hobbies belong in a cover letter. Include cell and email info, you don't have to label them. Personal info is marital status, gender, orientation, etc. No, they don't need to know what you look like.
 
+Carter Gibson Hi Carter, I'm from Portsmouth (UK), I can't believe that resumes are only one page! Surely you can't get all your skills, education and experience on there?
 
simply put just get resume maker software.
 
photo- they need to see what you look like.

totally agree... if you are applying to the porn industry
 
Haha, porn industry yes. Include a photo. Why not? lol

And oh +Lee Williams. Clearly I suck at learning enough about my followers haha. Portsmouth is a town right next to my hometown. And you can! My resume is in my photos on my profile. Take a gander
 
Very interesting differences among resumes and different countries. I once wrote a japanese resume (履歴書 ) very hard to do and very formal!
 
BUT Y DONT THEY NEED TO KNOW WHAT WE LOOK LIKE
 
So now you tell me. Thanks for this post. I also read that if your job title doesn't match your job responsiblity, alter either one to make it more sensible
 
now i m going to make my resume as this post suggested........
 
you are wrong. this was the thinking years ago. now you are encouraged to have more than one page. email is ALWAYS needed.
 
I'll throw right back at you +Filippo Giudiceandrea - why do they ned one? In my opinion (and in the opinion of several courts in the US) including a photo makes employers judge you on looks instead of credentials and opens the door for discrimination on several factors, including skin colors.

Email is needed +Joe Clements, but the label of "email" is not. Also, as a career counselor for four years, I can tell you that most resumes are not encouraged to be over one page. But there's of course still leeway to push boundaries.
 
how can employer contact u , if u did ,nt mention ur mobile number or email
 
Most make sense, but a single page resume? Sure if you are fresh out of school looking for your first job than a single page is OK. In the early 90s I ran a job board for some years. Back than statistics seemed to show that:

* 3 pages was best.
* 4 pages was almost as good as 3 pages.
* 2 pages was not that bad but notably worse than 3/4 pages.
* anything else (including a single page resume) significantly
increased the time it would take to land a new job.

Its possible that a lot has changed in this respect since then, and I no longer have access to up to date statistical information, but from my personal experience on both sides of the table, I think I'dd still recommend a 3 page resume.
 
+Carter Gibson Ah, my apologies my profile was set to Portsmouth in the US and not the UK! Changed it now, thank you sir!
 
Absolutely +Rob Meijer. And that would be a CV :) In general though for most entry to mid-range jobs one page is perferred.

+Lee Williams - of course sir!

+Raza Hussain - Include those things, just not the labels of "Email" and "Phone"
 
I find it actually helps to include a photo on my resume. Then again, I'm hot.
 
+Carter Gibson ok i agree on the discrimination factor but assuming we all live in a non discriminating country, a photo shows if you have the looks to do that particular job, let's say you want to be a receptionist at a hotel, you can't have scars all over your face and look like a mean bully. if you want to be a trainer at a fitness center, a photo shows if you are skinny lier or actually have been working out and know what you are doing. want to work at a strip club, you need the looks. so yes i would say a photo is important. the way you present yourself says a lot about you
 
But alas, we don't live in a non-discriminatory environment....I hear what you're saying, but I still don't think it's in the best interest of the employees to submit pictures or be required to. Also, the jobs you listed aren't really "professional careers" so I mean, I can see some more leeway there.
 
as for personal information i consider it as current occupation, where you live, address,,.. don't see how that is illegal
 
@Filippo- An interview shows those things
 
I think these are recommendations keeping in mind for domestic jobs. For overseas employment, your marital status is very much required , because based on it whether the company has to provide family accomodation or bachelor is decided
 
thank you sir .. hope to get more knowledge like this ..from you ..
 
Do highschools really doesnt matter? I think this resume is biased. Or atleast doesnt apply to all of the jobs
 
Agreed totally with all, except (3): with a long career history, one page is too much of a challenge :-) (unless employers are prepared to read very very small font). But the interest in this discussion is in the non-Western values of one of the commenters. Like the US, in my culture personal information is practically taboo, in an application, in the interview, in the workplace, unless there are very specific factors relevant to the job. Selection for employment should be based solely on the "Essentials" and "Desirables" as per the Position Description. Selection is not based on whether anyone is wearing a ring on any particular finger, on the colour of eyes or hair, nor according to which day of the week anyone does or does not practise any religion, on one's age or gender. And in the workplace, the same courtesies apply.
 
I'm going to sleep now! Will respond as well I can when I wake up.
 
+Guido Gloor Modjib which one? the one where i consider personal info as not illegal? please explain why it is illegal. i'm not saying to write down everything that happened in your life, but the relevant stuff. for home adress i find it important for in case they want to send letters
 
Note also that this varies a bit. Senior candidates with significant experience might legitimately use more than one page (should still be kept to a minimum). Also different parts of the world have different norms, e.g. European expectations might be different. In Switzerland; photos are quite normal on a CV (often explicitly requested), and marital status, number of children and nationality are generally expected.
Also, hobbies can sometimes be a bit of an icebreaker. I know people who have clicked with hiring managers on the subject of skiing, for instance.
 
Yeah... Asking for Facebook password is also illegal in US... :)
 
thank you sir
its nice
i'll definitely follow this....
 
I discovered that my resume was totally shit.i put all of these 10 things on my resume. And i got my 1st job though.lol.thnx carter.a sharing to apply next job.
 
1) I'm applying for a job isn't my objective obvious?
2) all I have is irrelevant work experience no matter WHAT job I apply for.
3) umm 10 pages...
4) hobbies more relevant than work experience..
5) Don't know anyone but internet ghosts..
6) use the same one as on here..
7) Super laid back pot addict isn't good?
8) what is a phone?
9) I don't have one see 1
10) It's all posted on the net....
 
This list could also be known as why writing a CV is next to impossible for those used to resumes.
 
I know in Australia at least, #5 (References), it is common to see 2-3 on a resume. If they are not on there, the person doing the hiring has to consider whether this person doesn't know enough people or if they are untrustworthy. Also with the pages, I have found just filling out the basic information fills 2 pages easy. I have finished school for 6+ years now and people still ask me what school year I finished, as it's not relevant I haven't put it on the resume.

It may just be my previous employment, though many resumes seen through businesses here are preferred in dot points. If it takes up more pages it has to be clear and concise.
 
so true...bt indian conditions r different...here people want all these first...its rediculous...
 
We are work campers. A photo of your rig and yourself are relevant, as is marital status when applying for different jobs. Some only take husband/wife teams. 
 
i hope to enjoy this new field and get more friends
 
This is a guideline for USA. Be warned. Some remarks however:

1/ Some points are totally relevant like to not mentioning "Phone" or "Email" or worst "Resume" as a header. High school is the same. In some resume, I even saw primary school...

2/ Some are more stupid... You got 25 years experience and you put all in 1 page, this is TOTALLY irrelevant.

3/ Objectives can be very useful. I usually skipped the cover letter. Go straight to the CV.
Tell yourself, you receive a brochure with a cover letter. What do you do ? Will you read carefully the cover letter or the brochure ?

4/ The illegal things are for USA, so don't mind these guys, they make illegal almost everything in order to be politically correct. Better put your marital status for some jobs involving a lot of travel for example.

5/ Hobbies are relevant when they are a bit special. If you put: walking, swimming, reading and watching movies, it's irrelevant.
But for example: designing computer games, volunteer job for an NGO etc... might be a real plus.

In summary, be very careful with general guidelines like these one. They are very culturally biased, they are also too general to be applied to your particular case.
 
I'm not looking but your advice is sound and it is amusing that people need to be told this.
 
Title should be Ten Things to NOT Include on your Resume if you live in the the US or UK, but in other countries, agencies require you to attach a photo. Dubai comes to mind, I'm sure there is more
Nice post all the best
Nick
 
+Richard Boase "unprofessional" refers to addresses like butthead@xyz.com or slayerfan666@xyz.com. Realname@xyz.com should be sufficient, and rather common nicknames probably as well. It's also a good idea to use a separate email-address for that, since you do not know what companies do with this piece of information.
 
Is the password to my facebook account ok? So they don't have to ask for it later.
 
Also using multiple fonts and different font sizes!
 
References...i thought it was a must to have them on Resume.
 
Oh I thought that was what you had too put on
 
He—God in Christ—shall reign forever and ever; so today if you hear his voice, do not harden your heart but believing the good news take up your cross and follow Jesus.
 
I'm not sure where you get this but it's incorrect information on many accounts. If one has years of experience a second or third page is warranted particularly since most resumes are electronically delivered today. Hobbies are very encouraged and seen as beneficial by companies like Google, Microsoft, Goldman Sachs, you know the small silly companies. Please stop posting irresponsible poorly researched posts. Thanks.
 
Every time I've been made to write one, I've been told to include 2 and 4 and given surprisingly good reasons for them.
 
So basically...hand someone a piece of paper that says, "I want a job and I went to primary school".
 
Up to you +Ali Nakhai but every resume advisor, career adviser and importantly recruiting staff member I have spoken to have said it will be immediately filed in the shredder.
Just add what is most relevant /recent. Using bullet points etc gets it down a lot.
Elaborate in the interview.

Your resume might be on line but it may get printed before it reaches the recruiter. 
 
Hobbies and interests could be included I think, but only if they add something. For example, I mention on my CV that I am 'interested in keeping up with current web trends and social media news'. I'm a web developer so this could show a potential employer that I am someone who sees the internet and web development as a passion as well as a career, therefore increasing my chances of getting hired.
 
I thing is not a correct mention in oder 2 resume.. ,is totaly fake
 
I disagree with hobbies, a mate lost a job because he put down diving (not a team sport) and another mate got a job for putting down rugby (team sport = team player). I put mountain biking on my last CV, turns out my boss is obsessed with it, we got on great from the off, leading him to favor me over more qualified and experienced applicants. At the end of the day, you've got to get on with the people you work with.
 
Here in Trinidad and Tobago if you submit a one page resume you'll never get a call back. It will be 'deep sixed' for sure.
 
I agree with most of the points, however, I don't agree with several of them:
2) It is good to see that you have been doing something all the time, even if you accepted some irrelevant work when you moved to country X, for Y reason, before knowing the language and employee networks. It means that you have initiative and appreciate being busy.
3) I would say that you need a very good reason to have a second page. In my case, I have lots of research articles published and want them to be present in my resume, but I have them in the second page so that recruiters don't have to waste time if they don't care about that.
4) Having hobbies makes you human, and most likely social and team player. Also, it says that even if you are a nerd, you have something to release the stress, disconnect from work, and come back fresh next week.
5) This is highly subjective, and depends on your previous employers a lot. I like to include them because it says: I am confident that all my previous employers would say positive things about me, feel free to ask them without letting me know beforehand, I don't need to prepare anything.
Needless to say, I include 2,3,4,5 in my resume. I got contacted by Google and Facebook (only from Europe, though).
 
i would feel certain specific hobbies may show interest and maybe even experience so although most hobbies are useless some hobbies may show a useful skill and yes i could agree that just listing it as a skill might be a better option
 
[SO? WHAT DOES THIS EXACLY MEAN THIS IS CONFUSING] LOL [SARCASTIC] LOL
 
It never crossed my mind that there's such a thing as "irrelevant work experience" until now. I'm also not entirely sure about item number 4 because well, some recreational activities do tell a thing about you. Or two.
There's a great chance that I might be wrong though
 
I think photo is important , if the employer can see your photo , they feel closer to you 
 
actualy its not legal to ask for a password unless its part of a legal court ordered investigation... im sure this rule differs state by state and federal law has no real clear answer
 
+1 for #8, my friend in HR is always telling me about the inappropriate e-mail addresses she sees, thet go right in the trash!
 
i think contact number is very important because if you are already selected the company can tell the information..
 
perfect resume advice !!
 
Thanks Carter Gibson just learned this from you.
 
I for one have never been hired for my training, previous work, or degree (have all). It's always been because of my so called hobbies. So, that part strongly depends on just what your hobbies are.
 
This is retarded. It's illegal to put personal information on a resume? Hilarious - what idiot wrote this list? "Hello, officer, I need to report a crime. I see personal information on this man's resume. I want him to do ten years for this!" There are no such laws in America about this.

The list is made even more absurd as it is littered with typos. "Irrelveant work exp"?

And lots of resumes have to have multiple pages. Not everybody has a useless career with a liberal arts degree and nothing interesting. My resume is four pages long, and I have never had any difficulty getting work. It's about content. If you have it, include it. If you don't, post retarded and inaccurate advise on Google.
 
+Dave Hodges I fully agree. It all depends on the job you're trying to get and in which particular industry you're applying into.
 
Objectives are terrible, how many times do I need to read "...seeking a position using my knowledge and skills to..."? I'd much rather see a summary of qualifications with REAL information showing what you've done. Also, for IT jobs it's very helpful to list your technical skills. You may know exactly what a front end developer does but HR is working from a check list of skills & can't always read between the lines.
 
he is right its not illegal to put personal information but one should resist putting too much info XD
its only illegal for a interviewer to ask such question that arent your name address or phone number besides the obvious others that are needed for tax reasons
 
@Eman Saeed, its not that you dont put your email or phone number, you just don't label them "email" "phone number"
 
+Eman Saeed It's just saying don't label them; the employer should be able to distinguish between a phone number and email address.
 
Lawyer here. #6 is absolutely not illegal in America.
 
I think point 6 would not apply if your a model or the like
 
Please Reshare This Post...U r definitely Include on your Resume
 
This is completely invalid if you are applying to a small business or to somewhere that you think may care about the "person" they are employing rather than simply another payroll number.

I have never failed to get a call back from my CV and I have also employed people myself. So from my experience, I would correct as follows: Objectives; a short paragraph (a few lines) is really useful to read once you've established the candidate has the appropriate experience, skills and qualifications. Hobbies; yes, I like to know that there is more to you than just work, it only takes up a couple of lines and can easily be skipped over (just put it at the end!). Phone or Email; the comment on this one is just petty.

The most important thing is to ensure that the information ALL employers want to see is clear and easily accessible; key skills, qualifications and recent work experience. However, I don't believe that you can fit 10 years of experience & skills, plus a decent academic history onto 1 sheet of paper. 2 pages is expected, and rarely see CVs that fit on a single page.

Perhaps if you're applying for the run of the mill job in a large corporation then these points may be valid. But be careful to tailor your CV for the position and organisation you are applying to.
 
Depends what country you're in +Amelia Jamison . America is really fucking backwards with alot of things....
 
I think the objective is especially important because employers don't have time. They don't have time to read cover letters so don't bother sending one unless specifically asked.
 
Why would martial staus or a photo matter? That is what the job interview process is for. To see the person and to get to know them.
 
Objectives section can be important, just keep it short. And hobbies too, My last job the employer said it's good to have that on it because you never know when someone might have the same interests as you. Once again of lesser importance so keep it short
 
In Germany, you are more or less expected to include a photo of yourself.
 
Though not illegal in some countries, it's just not the right place to put your photo and personal information. Unless requested by the recruiter but then I wouldn't send a resume.
I don't necessarily agree with the hobbies part but if stated must remain of importance and show characteristics of your personality that would be interesting in the position
 
+Jamie Leah With my candidate hat on I can see where you're coming from putting a hobby that is relevant to your job, however as an employer I honestly couldn't disagree more...

I would 'expect' a software developer (or web developer in your case) to keep up to date with latest trends/technologies (and would ask how you go about it in an interview). What I want to know from your "other interests / hobbies" is that you are a "person" interested in more things than just computers.

For a junior/graduate programmer role I may not care that all you do is sit on your computer 24/7 (it may actually be useful), but for a senior level position I would expect some social interaction / travel / experience outside of work that will have developed your general life and communication skills, made you into a more developed all-round person, not just a programmer.
 
I put photo on my resume all the time
 
#6 and #10 aren't illegal to put on a resume, it is illegal for an employer to ASK for them. Big difference.
Rob Go
 
Who would ever still include an objective section?? Oh yeah, my mom.
 
How about spelling errors? Like "irrelveant." (#2)
 
I always wondered why school counselors and the employment office recommend an objectives section. Seems obvious: I want the job.
 
These are quite obvious...if you feel like you've learned something here, just get online help on writing a resume.
 
I always hated trying to come up with an 'objective' for a resume. It never occurred to me to cut it out.
 
if tou make a CV in russia you must include photo and pesonal information there.
 
hobbies are good if you do something related to the job for fun, like programming, etc
 
Personally, after screening a number of resumes, I like to see the Hobbies and References... (not as attached to references, HR will ask if they want them. Hobbies tells me something about the person and as I'm looking for someone to work with, it's nice to get a bit of a personal touch.
 
Well , i am not against you or anything but , some people are already aware that they shouldn't put those things on their resumes but for the people that don't i am for one glad you told them . 
 
Well , i am not against you or anything but , some people are already aware that they shouldn't put those things on their resumes but for the people that don't i am for one glad you told them . 
 
Well , i am not against you or anything but , some people are already aware that they shouldn't put those things on their resumes but for the people that don't i am for one glad you told them . 
 
Well , i am not against you or anything but , some people are already aware that they shouldn't put those things on their resumes but for the people that don't i am for one glad you told them . 
 
Well , i am not against you or anything but , some people are already aware that they shouldn't put those things on their resumes but for the people that don't i am for one glad you told them . 
 
Id say this post is about half right.... which makes it wrong.
Also I'd say it depends on the country
 
Looks like I'm in good shape; the only rule I violate is #3, and that's intentional.
 
Also, don't tell them where the bodies are hidden. Leave that for the feds.
 
Hiring manager here.

No. 6 and no. 10 are BS. It's not illegal to include a photo or say whatever you want to say about yourself. (Seriously, you think someone will arrest you for putting a photo into a job application?) It's illegal for an employer to require you to provide that information. It is, however, bad strategy to provide that information.

No. 3 is wrong, if you're applying for a tech job. Nobody expects you to fit your laundry list of skills and achievements on one page, in that arena. That's old, defunct advice. That said: EDIT HEAVILY (and carefully) to make sure that only completely relevant items are on there. I suggest tailoring your resume to each job you're applying for.
 
You'd tell the feds where you hid the bodies? If you were my accomplice you would be joining the bodies. +Yoink Preston
 
+Carter Gibson Yes i would like the labels of phone and email because phone number and e-mail address are the most critical pieces of information on the resume.
 
Most of these are valid. However, 6) is certainly not. It is not "illegal" to include a photo on your resume. Plenty of professionals in consulting firms do this, and I'd be shocked if that did not apply elsewhere.

Also, 2) raises a point that was amusingly left out of this list. Always spell check your resume and cover letter. Thrice over, if necessary. Nothing says "I'm lazy and don't care about my work" like a resume with typos.
 
Spelling irrelevant correctly might make this infographic 10% less stupid.
 
Spelling irrelevant correctly might make this infographic 10% less stupid.
 
+Mohiz Tank I'm sure you can tell the difference between a phone number with nothing but digits and an email with an @ sign in the middle.
 
I am an offender of 2 out of 10.. #1 & #3 ( 2 pages)
 
For number 4, I've had mentors and future employers say mentioning that I surf and sail as things that set me apart and were beneficial.
 
In what way is surfing and sailing "beneficial"? (other than the health benefits, of course.)
 
+Carter Gibson You may note them as general guidelines, but sadly people will read them as rules, much like how people still write CVs according to what a guidance councillor taught them in high school. Never underestimate the herd mentality of the Internet! =)

+Charles Malmsten If nothing else, it gives me a chance to ask you about something and start a conversation in an interview. If I do that, I'm more likely to see you as human rather than a set of traits to be evaluated. If I don't connect with someone in an interview, there's no chance they're getting hired, no matter how skilled they are.
 
I just experienced #3 is so true!.. and here in Mexico some Co. they request a photo and marital status... i thought myself it was illegal but not here......
 
+Brandon Pickett I was in Teach for America applying as a high school Biology teacher. The surfing and sailing added a real life connection to the environment (beyond normal existing) and allowed me to establish to my students how an impact elsewhere in the watershed would hurt someone down stream essentially. Also it can establish you as a person, what your values are. If you have a simple statement of facts about a person that can be great, if you have someone similar but maybe they do rock climbing as well that could represent some display of dedication to something beyond the workplace (or even dedication to self). Also basically everything that +Jeff Bailey said too :)
 
#2 #4 and #10 are the most common mistakes people make...
 
Some tips for applying for a career at McDonald's?
 
I interview a lot of people so can't keep track of who is who. Which is why I prefer resumes that come with a picture - small discrete one, please - that way, when I'm reviewing them... well, you get the picture.
 
+Alexander Orlov you have to apply to work at McDonald's??? i thought they just got people in off the street especially with the way they treat people
 
Since I was fresh out of college, I've never spent more than a month looking for work, and I violate 7 of these items. This is nothing more than a list of preferences. The fact of the matter is that the format of your resume won't really count for anything unless it's so odd that it makes people pay attention (typically that attention will not be beneficial). All your resume does is communicates data that your employer will need in order to proceed with an actual phone screen or interview. The most important thing you can have on your resume is a clear indication of what you bring to the company that they need. That's it.
 
I hire professional people with a college degree, your time bagging groceries or being cashier of the month is not important. Aim your resume to your target and have multiple versions if needed.
 
+Hussain Akbar did you nit read the part that it is illegal in America under labor law to request or provide a photo no matter how small or discreet? Just wondering if your so easily forget that you already forgot that point
 
+Hussain Akbar did you nit read the part that it is illegal in America under labor law to request or provide a photo no matter how small or discreet? Just wondering if your so easily forget that you already forgot that point
 
+Hussain Akbar did you nit read the part that it is illegal in America under labor law to request or provide a photo no matter how small or discreet? Just wondering if your so easily forget that you already forgot that point
 
Good stuff. I always loved the resumes I have seen with unprofessional email addresses.
 
I recently helped a young man obtain the first full time job he's had in over 2 years. Many of the items above he had on his old resume. We cleaned it up; made the content relevant and he received an interview and job offer. While the above tips help, remember it is what you say about yourself that is the crux of the resume.
 
Its good to have your references written down just in case you forget their info
 
Thank you for this! I will be sure to remember this when I go for a job in the future!
 
Interesting, I've always included an Objectives and Hobbies section.
 
This means I can't put anything on my resume. No work experience as a first year college. 
 
Some of those things contradict other pretty common resume advice. Some of those thing contradict reasons I got a phone interview and my current job. The problem is all situations are different and HR people have different ideas.
 
i like this list only things is 1,2,5 where all things the government job placement agency said to add.(i believe this list, i will be fixing my resumé)
 
+Karina Block, two things about Mexico- Laws here are usually regarded as "suggestions." A difficult concept for gringos. The other item I've found interesting is employers targeting the gender and age range that they'll accept. Employment ads like: Only Females between the ages of 16 - 24. I doubt it is legal here, but then again "an unenforced law isn't really a law."
 
Employers don't even read your resume that you work so hard on, they just scan for key words. I think it is a load of bull, 
 
I don't think it's illegal to put a photo or personal info in your resume, only for your employer to ask for it/require it. At least in the US. And for some people, it could be advantageous to include a photo, especially if you think the employer will discriminate in your favor. Of course that would be for a targeted resume anyway, not a general "send to anyone" resume.
 
I think misspelled words are another important item to not include on your resume, which you have seemed to leave off the list and forgotten to check for on this picture.
 
This sounds like a stupid question, but why is it illegal to put in a pict... oh wait nvm. Just figured it out.
 
Good info, but I disagree with the Hobbies item. It's a short section, says a lot about people and if we're expected to care about an organizations' interests they should do the same.
 
I think that that section can be better integrated into other experience like "activities/leadership/projects/awards/etc" instead of a dedicated section +Greg Lummis. But you're right. a resume should be personal.
 
All but #1. As a hiring manager, I never see any cover letters. They get tossed by the recruiter. I shouldn't have to divine what you can do for me from the rest of your resume.
 
+Carter Gibson - one of my biggest peeves is generic resumes. A resume should be customized and specific to the job being applied for. It should start right out explaining what the applicant perceives the position is and why they're the right candidate for it. Then the rest of the one page should provide supporting evidence via work experience, etc, supporting that claim.

And back to the cover letter thing - In large companies, in-house recruiters are assigned to screen the incoming resumes. Out of 300+ applications that might come in, I will only see the dozen or so that pass my original qualification requirements. Then the resumes alone are passed on to me for review. No cover letters.
 
+Agatha Postnova That would annoy me so much if they started asking about age and marital status, and, especially, children :)
 
Question: I'm currently testing the waters for a new job. I've been in my current place for almost twelve years. They bought out the company I was working at for only 6 months. My title and duties did not change. Should I omit the "bought out" company from my resume?
 
Ambra, I would have thought so too until three weeks ago when a fellow student showed me a photo sent by someone submitting a resume. It was of him in a wet suit.... Not everyone gets it.
 
I like this list in general. Great job, +Carter Gibson! Couple thoughts:
1) Don't confuse CV and resume.
2) The length is going to depend on experience and field. If I see a resume of a new graduate who can't fit their experience on one page, I skip it. A seasoned executive is marketing themselves to someone who is probably reading far fewer resumes than the recruiter for an entry-level job.
3) Objective is obvious IMHO. "I'd like a job." A "summary" section, though, if tastefully employed, can help.
 
Those were thoughts for those commenting, not for Carter. Sorry!
 
Just wondering... why is a photo and personal information illegal??
 
I think because it enables discrimination in hiring.
 
I thought Number 2 was making a point about spelling errors. High school doesn't matter, but that doesn't mean you should have not learned how to spell by the end of it.
 
Foto e indo personal ilegales en EE.UU? Cuando podremos hacer eso en México?
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Foto e indo personal ilegales en EE.UU? Cuando podremos hacer eso en México?
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Foto e indo personal ilegales en EE.UU? Cuando podremos hacer eso en México?
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That's how it should be.
In Germany you need to put all that and another 10 on top. They want to see experience....For crying out loud! How is someone looking for a job.... gonna have experience if he has to give in so much paper work as a resume????
Germans..... tsk...tsk...tsk
 
+Rafa Él If a company is hiring employes based on physical appearance or marital status instead of competence, I really do not want to work there
 
+Daniel Vega is not will to discriminate, is a matter of you fitting with the job.
Example:
1) Gender; you think discrimination by sex is bad, then hire a female international sales manager for your Middle East exports, and lets see how much money you do.
2) Marital status; you think is discriminatory, then send as an expatriate manger someone who is single, and lets see how long it takes for hin to have a depresion.
... the list of reasons goes on, and on.
Your personal data IS relevant, you do not just hire by technical qualifications, human ones are of much importance, and if you are not to do a technical task, even most important.
 
+Daniel Vega on the other hand, so as you see this is NOT sexism or discrimination. I was an international sales manager, but based in my own city, in that case, me being single was the pro, since I was not living a family behing as spending much of my time abroad, someone married, would probably not be willing to assume what it takes, or would do so with much negative connotations
 
Agree with them all except for hobbies ...
Google even specifically ask you for this information when applying .

But yeah I used to get so sick of my friends complaining about not getting interviews when they broke almost everyone of these rules and they laughed at my cv for being too minimalist
 
That sounds like bias and very, close to discrimination
 
+Shane McGovern - definitely include whatever you need if they ask haha. Google asked me to include references on my resume
 
+Carter Gibson you are not making political claims, you are seeking for a job, so you better agree to the employeer criterias, and make your political stands in a better place.
BTW if your personal details are going to help you (white, single good looking educated male), is no sense to hide it.
 
Ohhhhh boy. See, the fact that good looking and being white helps is exactly the problem. That's called privilege and is at least unethical and at most illegal.
 
+Carter Gibson ethics and politics is not your duty while seeking a job.
Those personal details depend on the job, some might fit best in the criteria or worst depending on the task, others times they might not matter at all: depends on the job (as mentioned, being single or not, having kids or not, does qualify you for best fitting a job as expatriated vs it might klill you to assume a job having to spend much time away form your family.. PERSONAL INFO DOES MATTER)
Never the les, if they do have discirmitaion, you being the one who benefits, is kind of not working in your favour to hide it.
 
We're going to have to agree to disagree Rafa :)
 
Who sends resumes anymore? All my clients come through LinkedIn . . . which has several of these "bad" features. I also select and hire dozens of people each year and do look for much of this information. I don't know but the sort of work I do requires my potential employer knows a lot more than will fit on a page. Resumes--one size does not fit all. 
 
Who sends resumes anymore? All my clients come through LinkedIn . . . which has several of these "bad" features. I also select and hire dozens of people each year and do look for much of this information. I don't know but the sort of work I do requires my potential employer knows a lot more than will fit on a page. Resumes--one size does not fit all. 
 
Who sends resumes anymore? All my clients come through LinkedIn . . . which has several of these "bad" features. I also select and hire dozens of people each year and do look for much of this information. I don't know but the sort of work I do requires my potential employer knows a lot more than will fit on a page. Resumes--one size does not fit all. 
 
Who sends resumes anymore? All my clients come through LinkedIn . . . which has several of these "bad" features. I also select and hire dozens of people each year and do look for much of this information. I don't know but the sort of work I do requires my potential employer knows a lot more than will fit on a page. Resumes--one size does not fit all. 
 
Haha LOTS of people send resumes. Going through LinkedIn is definitely not mainstream. And I've always been an advocate for there's "no one way" +Jarrod Brown. Go read my comments here or on my other career posts :) These are just fairly standard guidelines
 
Lookin for work myself, and these 10 items do unclutterize a resume. I'll at least reedit mine and see how it looks. Worth a try, will let you know if it works. GOOD LOOKIN CARTER G.
 
Key words in this, which coincidentally highlight the reasons behind our economic downfall: No one cares.
 
413 comments, so it may have already been said (but I'm lazy):
The 11th thing to not include in a resume: Misspellings. Like the word "Irrelveant" in item #3.
 
Its not illegal to include your photo... or your marital status... you can include a blood sample if you want
 
+Daniel Vega No now they base it on your credit report and Facebook posts. If your on Facebook, make sure you know who you are sharing ANYTHING with and if any comments are public, you keep them PG. Like court, anything you do or say can and will be used against you, however the judge is far from impartial and your request for a jury will be Denied on the spot. Some employers are also trying to not only screen what their employees say on facebook, but also want access to emails and have recently been known to fire employees for opinions made in public outside the work place. Here in Wisconsin, employers were terminating employees who signed the recall petition. Mind you the act is illegal, but employers seem to have a harder time determining what is legal than their employees do.
 
+Carter Gibson Not that it is not immediately obvious several of those things you listed should never be on a resume, but, what exactly does go on one, as it seems that more over -it really doesn't matter what you put on a resume, employer's really never cared to begin with. It seem to be all a formality, just to prove your willing to make an effort... We all know our bosses throw a resume the moment you leave the room. So what is the point to any of it? Personally I am sick of interviewing for jobs where the boss is looking for a best friend to gush on, and skills were never relevant. I'm apply ing for a JOB, not a popularity contest!
 
^^ maybe your applying for the wrong type of job. I will say that being able to connect with a person quickly with an essential business skill
 
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Maybe I'll maker another post about that tonight +Raymond Lulling . I did that post a few days ago though! You can search for it!
 
lolzz. if we remove all thse then what will remain in the RESUME then? does it make sense?
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I remember helping medical students years ago with trying to her them professional sounding email addresses.
Ones like "partyanimal@whatever.com" weren't the worst. It was the ones about their prowess with the girls (or boys) that really had to go!
 
This just looks like wet fantasy of God-wannabe HR manager from some small and pathetic company. So much wishful thinking of making the world bend for you and you, the great, alone.
 
I don't this this is good advice for several reasons. Who is reading these resumes, a Gen Z with a 7 second attention span? A resume should stand out in some way. Some employers also care about cultural fit. A resumes style should match the position it goes for. If youre applying for a marketing position and you send a 1 page slab or boring text, it ain't marketing you very well.
 
I don't this this is good advice for several reasons. Who is reading these resumes, a Gen Z with a 7 second attention span? A resume should stand out in some way. Some employers also care about cultural fit. A resumes style should match the position it goes for. If youre applying for a marketing position and you send a 1 page slab or boring text, it ain't marketing you very well.
 
I don't this this is good advice for several reasons. Who is reading these resumes, a Gen Z with a 7 second attention span? A resume should stand out in some way. Some employers also care about cultural fit. A resumes style should match the position it goes for. If youre applying for a marketing position and you send a 1 page slab or boring text, it ain't marketing you very well.
 
I don't this this is good advice for several reasons. Who is reading these resumes, a Gen Z with a 7 second attention span? A resume should stand out in some way. Some employers also care about cultural fit. A resumes style should match the position it goes for. If youre applying for a marketing position and you send a 1 page slab or boring text, it ain't marketing you very well.
 
I don't this this is good advice for several reasons. Who is reading these resumes, a Gen Z with a 7 second attention span? A resume should stand out in some way. Some employers also care about cultural fit. A resumes style should match the position it goes for. If youre applying for a marketing position and you send a 1 page slab or boring text, it ain't marketing you very well.
 
I don't this this is good advice for several reasons. Who is reading these resumes, a Gen Z with a 7 second attention span? A resume should stand out in some way. Some employers also care about cultural fit. A resumes style should match the position it goes for. If youre applying for a marketing position and you send a 1 page slab or boring text, it ain't marketing you very well.
 
Being a Techinical Recruiter, I agree with some of your 10 DONTS, however a few of them I don't necessarily agree with. I like an objective because it tells me what the candidate is looking to do with their career and it can also tell me what they bring to the table for a specific position. Also, if they are trying to change their career path, it's good to put that information in an objective because it may be very different than your experience that is listed.
Before doing this job, I always thought resumes should be short, however now I think they can be longer. You want to see the person's experience. But, there is a fine line, don't make it 5 pages long!
I do agree though about pictures, personal stuff and your hobbies. Thanks for the information, however I don't really care that you like gardening and Star Wars movies! Nor does the company I'm presenting you to care!
Also, having a professional email is important too!
Good tips though!!
 
There's tons of room for resumes to stand out by following these guidelines +Scott Jones. This just takes out the unnecessary stuff and helps a resume look focused. For instance, my resume has none of these things and does a good job "standing out." I totally agree with you though, resumes should match the job you're applying for. Being said, marketers are pretty no frills when it comes to this sort of thing. I say that being a marketer ;)
 
I haven't seen many - if any - defend Hobbies, so I'm putting my 2 cents in on that..
Depending on the job, I may choose to include my fitness and karate background, as well as photography, as my hobbies. Fitness and karate show an individuals strong drive and dedication; Photography suggests a creative mind. All these things also have the potential to relate to the person reviewing the resumes (perhaps they are fitness enthusiasts also). Getting someone to like you, in a personal sort of way, can often be more powerful than any of your skills involving the job.
It's not Who You Know, it's How You Know Them.

I do agree that some employers are obviously looking for a No Bull resume. In which case a smart person should know to make it short and sweet. Unfortunately, all the advice in the world can't teach someone common sense..
 
so what should be there??
 
I agree with u but if personal information is not in resume then what type of information should be follow so that any employer will approach us,if we didnt have computer & net facility.
 
it's a good idea, let's try it!
 
Apparently there are crackheads on here claiming that your resume will be shredded if you don't follow the advice in this article. Seriously, for your own benefit research then do as you please. But I can say that no fortune 500 company will throw a resume in the shredder for listing hobbies or for being over 2 pages. Resumes for internships or entry level work may be looked at as silly if they are over one page mostly since the BS is apparent. You aren't entry level if you can honestly list over a page of relevant experience. I'm being purposefully rude since it bothers me that people apply with awful resumes and you ask them WHAT THE HELL? and they reply "I read it on the internet in an article." Always look at the source. If you want to work at BCG, TD, ST, or wherever look at who is giving the advice. This article may be SPOT on and perfect for a certain sector but no advice is universal. The blanket statements and comments on here are plenty foolish and coming from people who probably are or would protest on Wall Street instead of work there. Food for thought.
 
That's a wonderful tips, I've ever found.. Another tips I'd love to add here "Review of CV before your interview is must. It should contain your main strengths but you never need to show expertise at you're not, but similarly, identify some weaknesses and have a phrase ready for countering them in a positive way. I found an interesting article for more interview tips http://www.fibre2fashion.com/jobs/interviewtips.aspx
 
I have a professional resume but right before applying to a bunch of places, I decided to totally redo my resume yesterday. It now actually breaks some of these rules (and mine), but it works. It's for graphic design, though, so it can work for designers if you do something creative and non-standard, especially when you're trying to stand out in a saturated industry... My resume is now just one more portfolio piece in a sense :D

Let's hope it works! (I still have my standard resume on my digital portfolio/website though :)
 
lol... having prepared a resume for the US and then tried to use it in Australia, let me tell you that this is very US specific... pretty much everything, bar the objective, is what Aussie employers want to know. Here, emplyers care more about the person you are than your experience and qualifications, a lot of the time.
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