One of the most challenging aspects of a job search is writing a compelling resume. First you have to look back on all of your experience and figure out how to condense it to one page. Then you have to make sure it's tailored to each job you're applying for, whether that means moving around the order of your work history, education and skills, or reworking your career summary.
No two resumes are alike because no two job seekers are alike. Yet there are certain items that should never appear on any resume, whether you're applying for a job in construction, education, health care or manufacturing. To make your life easier, we put together a list of seven items that no job seeker should ever put on a resume. Employers will thank you (hopefully by hiring you) if you don't waste their time with useless information. Do yourself a favor and leave these seven items off.
Don't Put These On Your Resume
7 Things To Never Put On A Resume In 2012
1. Your Picture
Unless a job posting specifically asks for your picture (and very few jobs will), don't include it just for fun. Not only are your looks irrelevant to your potential as an employee, but you're putting employers in an awkward legal spot. In most cases, they'll throw your resume away without looking at it, to avoid the issue altogether.
2. Interests And Hobbies
If you want to show how your passion for art would be an asset to a graphic design position, that's one thing. But telling employers on an application that you love to skydive is another. In general, use your cover letter to make any applicable connections between your hobbies and the job.
3. Spelling Mistakes And Grammatical Errors
Most employers assume that if you're OK with sending out a resume littered with typos and mistakes, you'll have the same lack of concern for the work you do as an employee at their company. While spell-check picks up most errors, it can miss something major.
4. Personal Attributes
Similar to sending a picture with your resume, your height, weight, age, race or religion are all unimportant to an employer. Though it's illegal for employers to discriminate against applicants because of any of these factors, some will do so, regardless. Keep everything on your resume that's pertinent to the job, and you'll be fine.
Many job seekers still include references on their resume or they include a line that says, "References available upon request." Employers usually want to speak to specific references, either former bosses, employees or clients. Wait for them to tell you whom they want to contact.
6. Minute Details
Hiring managers don't need to know the details of every task you've ever done in every job you've ever had. It's just too much information, and usually half of that information isn't relevant. Only list information that directly relates to the duties of the job you're applying for.
7. False Information
Employers can withdraw a job offer if they catch you lying. Don't say that you have a master's degree if you've only earned your bachelor's; don't list your salary history as 20 percent higher than it was. Everything you tell an employer can be verified, so play it safe and be honest.