What Not to Include on Your Resume
If you are looking for a new job you have probably been
researching what to include in your resume.
I know it is certainly one of the most frequent questions readers ask
me. Today, however, I am going to reverse direction and tell you 5 things you
should NOT include in your resume.
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- Never, ever include your license numbers or your
social security number on your resume. I
see this all the time (which is why it's #1 on my list!) So if you are guilty
of putting your license numbers on your resume I have only 2 words for you
-"identity theft." It's risky and employers don't need this information until
they are ready to hire you. Yes, I know you want to let them know you are
licensed, but instead of sharing your vital information you can just note "current"
or give an expiration date after each of your certifications or licenses and
that will suffice.
- There are some personal elements that should
never be part of a professional resume in the year 2012. These include your
religion, marital status, your height, weight or pretty much any other physical
description of yourself. It might go over well in a personal ad, but when it
comes to your resume it's just too much information. Granted, I don't see this frequently
but I do see it enough that I feel compelled to include it on this list.
- "Passed boards on 1st attempt." If
you think this is an impressive statement then we really need to talk! (And it
won't be about hiring you.) Some things are just better left unsaid. I honestly
don't know what possesses some people to put remarks like this in their resumes
but they do it with a fair amount of regularity. I mean, did you not expect to
pass the first time?
- Keep your references to yourself! If you put the
names of your references in your resume it may lead potential employers to
believe that it is OK if they contact your references. Believe me, neither you
nor your references want this to happen. The appropriate time to disclose your
references is when a job offer is pending or on the table. Oh, and there is
also no need to include the "references upon request" heading in your resume
anymore either. Don't waste precious space
on your resume only to state the obvious.
- Grade point average. I know this is going to hurt
your feelings, but no one cares. Let me say it again, but slower. NO. ONE.
CARES. There, I said it. Adding your grade point average is just
pretentious or foolish - depending on what your GPA was.