Wendy Eccles, Professional Resume Writer, Items you should always leave off your Resume and Linkedin Profile! Nov 30, 2015
Following is a list of items you should always leave off your resume and Linkedin profile when you want to make a great first impression and score that interview!
I hope you find them helpful!
Professional Resume Writer
1. Secondary skills
Emphasize, and place at the top of your resume, those skills that you actually want to continue developing in your next job. Do not include the ones you don't want to do in your next job, or you just might get stuck doing them.
2. High school jobs
The only exception to this is if you only graduated from high school.
3. The unprofessional email account
If you're still using an old email email@example.com's time to create a new, more professional one.
4. Misspellings and poor grammar
Misspelled words and poor grammar are job-possibility killers--proofread several times and have others proof for you.
5. Superfluous things
Don't list hobbies on your resume. Also, any awards you list should be from community service or previous work.
6. Old-school resume formatting
Keep your font consistent throughout. Be concise.
7. The "Objective" section
Instead of describing what you are searching for in the "Objective" section, tell the prospective employer how valuable you can be to their company in your “Professional Summary”.
8. Personal information
Don't include information such as date of birth, ethnicity, reasons for leaving your previous jobs, specific street addresses, or phone numbers of previous employers.
9. A photo
The only reason you should ever include a photo with a resume is if how you look really does matter and was requested by a prospective employer. The advice for Linkedin is, of course, the exact opposite. Profiles with photos get more clicks, and more clicks get you seen more. Just make it professional.
10. Gaps in work experience
You may have a gap of a few months or more between leaving a job and getting a new job. Consider filling this gap with volunteer work, or perhaps you helped someone with his or her business, which would be considered consulting.
11. Your home number
Don't list your home number on your resume--always use a cell number. Employers want to know that you are reachable at any time, not just when you're at home.
You will be asked for references if you make it to the next step in the interview process. However, on LinkedIn, try to collect as many recommendations as possible!
13. Paragraphed job descriptions
Use bullet points. Prospective employers are much more likely to trash a resume with heavy content paragraphs versus a neat and clean billeted resume.
14. Salary figures--past and future
If you document what you were making, you could be selling yourself short, and if you say how much you would like to make, you could be killing any chance of an interview.
15. Duties and responsibilities
You want your prospective employer to see those things you can do better than anyone else, so refrain from a lengthy list of duties and responsibilities and instead focus on what you have done that makes you special. List challenges and how you overcame them. How did your company benefit or profit from your enthusiasm and creativity? What did you do to leave your company in a better place than when you started?
16. Age identifiers
Don't list those positions you had a long time ago, and leave off graduation dates. Age discrimination does exist, and you at least want to get your foot in the door for an interview so they can see how awesome you are!