9 things you should never include on your resume

Your resume is the first thing a hiring manager will see during the hiring process. It’s important to make the best first impression. If your resume is not up to par, you can kiss an interview goodbye. To make sure you’re sending in a winning resume just follow these simple rules on what not to put on a resume.


1. Insignificant work experience

All the jobs you list on a resume should be like supporting evidence to prove that you’re the right person for the job. Make sure you do a thorough read of the job description for what you’re applying for. Once you have that in mind, look at your resume and omit anything that’s unrelated or irrelevant to the position you’re applying for.


2. Too many details

Resumes should be concise. The hiring team will be reviewing lots of candidates, so they have an extremely short attention span. Choose what to include wisely, and be selective when considering what not to put on a resume. You want to include only the most important details to show major accomplishments and responsibilities.


3. A photograph

No need to send a photo along with your resume, unless you’re specifically asked. All resume efforts should be focused on highlighting your experience.


4. Outdated or incorrect information

Every time you apply for a job you should be updating your resume. If you have outdated information, you’re not giving yourself the best shot possible. You also may have changed contact information, which could make it harder for a hiring manager to reach you.


5. Unflattering information

Information like a low GPA or experience from a job you were fired from should be completely removed from your resume. There’s no need to volunteer information to a hiring manager that might torpedo your chances of getting hired.


6. High school information

Unless you’re in your first years of university, there’s no need to include accomplishments from high school. That’s too far in the past to be relevant to a hiring manager.


7. The word “resume”

This is an easy one. Don’t title your resume “resume”. All it needs is your name, contact information and your experience.


8. Personal or physical information about yourself

Beyond your contact information and name, there’s no need to include extraneous information about who you are. Your weight, hair color, Social Security number…etc.


9. Goals or objectives

You should always have your goals and objectives in mind whenever you apply for a job. But this information is not necessary for your resume. You should mention this information briefly in your cover letter, or better yet, during your job interview.



Now that you know about what not to put on a resume, apply now to boost your career with an internship abroad.


Sources: http://www.businessinsider.com/things-not-to-put-on-your-resume-2016-5/#1-an-objective-1


1. based on The Typewriter, by Szabolcs, CC-by-2.0



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Elizabeth Trovall

After short stints in Argentina and Belize, Elizabeth is finishing up her fourth year in Santiago, Chile. Elizabeth writes about international internships, life abroad and professional development for The Intern Group. She also reports on politics, business and culture in Latin America for public radio and print media. An Austin, Texas native, Elizabeth first left home to earn her journalism degree from the Reynolds Institute of Journalism at the University of Missouri. Besides her friends and family, she misses live music and Mexican food the most.
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