Saturday, 21 April 2012

10 Things You Should Never Include on Your Resume

As the trends are changing in the job market, you must know what you should not write in the resume and what should be written. There are many things which you probably want to tell your future employer. But don’t let your resume as an image of a salesperson’s mouth. It is better to keep a safer line while you tempt to give a life story of yours in resume. Yeah, your hiring manger should not be expecting a short story of your life but your greatest professional achievements and academic achievements which can prove you as a right candidate for the applied job.

1. Certain Personal Information

The only personal information you must include is the contact details. Your postal address, email address, phone and fax numbers are listed as the ‘must included’ list on your resume. Earlier days, we have seen giving the details about religion, sex, age, ethnicity and sometimes even the political identity. If these details are not directly related to the job you applying for, you should avoid mentioning them on your resume as any discrimination based on those details is considered as illegal.

2. Faking about Educational Background

Any fudged information is not appreciated on a resume especially when it comes to educational background. In fact, it is the very falsifying detail some of the candidates tend to detail. Covering up your academy failures, fabricate degrees and manipulating certificates are the major faked educational details which you should avoid. When it comes to interview, you will be asked to attend skill based tests as the corporate world has already recognized the failure of Indian education system to produce centralized databases. So, fudging about academic details will not work anymore.

3. Irrelevant Job Experience

Even if your job experiences are relevant or irrelevant for the job you applying for, it will help your hiring manager some-extent. But it is sensible for you to ignore that job titles which cannot reflect your responsibilities while writing a resume. In interview you can explain them how those skills you acquired can help you in your prospective job. But when you fill the resume with irrelevant work experience it may irritate while screening your resume with hundred other. So, you should stick only with the relevant work experiences and internships.

4. Photograph

Few more creative persons tend to attach the photograph along with the resume. But it is not legally considered, as the picture cannot be a matter of concern to call you for interview. But for some jobs, it is necessary if you pursue a profession in media or modeling. In corporate world, most of the companies reject the resumes which are attached with a photo of the candidate. Sometimes, even for some overseas jobs you may be asked to submit the photograph along with your resume. Yeah, if it is not a mandatory to attach photograph, you should not attach it with your resume.

5. Hatred about Your Last Job

You should avoid using your resume as a platform for regretting your last job. The words you use to express your hatred towards previous job and ex-boss can cost you a job. It is a challenge for you to remain positive after you left the job where you had bad experiences. Sometimes, it is very difficult for you to keep emotional balance, though you have to be very professional in writing your resume. Even when you are asked to write about why you want to apply for the particular job, keep in mind to be diplomatic to detail your skills and strengths, which you couldn’t explore at last job, match for the prospective job.

6. Hobbies

It is not the place to detail about those unprofessional or non-skilled hobbies of yours. Your prospective employer is interested to know how active you are. Different community activities you have participated, you have to also ignore the irrelevant contest winning you could achieve while your studies. But of course the ones which can prove you are talented and skilled in some related areas like writing, designing, directing and so on.
7. Physical Characteristics

You should also not include any physical characteristics like build characteristics, height characteristics, complexion characteristics, and hair characteristics on your resume. Though, some military, police, army jobs and even the security jobs ask for the information on your build characteristics to know whether you are overweight, slim, fat, or well built. These jobs require some physically fit persons. But, in corporate world it is not a prior concern but your skills and talents.

8. Information about Your Family Members

There is nothing influential than your academic qualification and skills. Keep in mind when you boast about your remarkable family members who are well known in society, it cannot feature what you are but just who you are. It may showcase the attitude you have. Your prospective employer probably is not fond of employing someone who has attitude than believing on the skills they have.

9. Boring Words & Bad Grammar

It is also better to ignore some clich├ęs and jargons in writing resume. There are some overused words which can make your resume inactive. Words like ‘dedicated’, ‘interesting’, ‘managed’, ‘developed’, ‘successfully’, ‘assisted’, ‘served as’, ‘responsible’ are some examples of overused words. You need to improve your vocabulary to stand apart from the crowd. The bad grammar you use in writing can cost your job as it evidence that you are lazy, uneducated and doesn’t pay attention to the detail, more over doesn’ care about the job you applied for.

10. A Messy Format

Another important thing you should be careful in resume is the layout. You have to maintain a standard font format, font size, character spacing, paragraph space and many more there in a format. If you are hopelessly inexpert at working with computer and word files, you should ask your friend’s help.

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