Thursday, January 11, 2007

5 Items to NEVER Put in Your Resume

5 Items to NEVER Put in Your Resume

We've all read articles about what to put in your resume, but not about things you should NEVER put in your resume. So, double check that resume of yours and remove any of the following from our list of 5 items to NEVER include in your resume. While many of these item may be harmless in reality, if they are posted to the Internet and fall into the wrong hands they could be devastating to your life!

1. NEVER PUT YOUR REFERENCES IN YOUR RESUME. Instead, try something like "Professional References Available Upon Request." References are very valuable to you during your job search, and you don't want an HR dept calling them even before they have called you!!

2. NEVER SHOULD YOUR RESUME CONTAIN A PERSONAL INFORMATION OR A PHOTOGRAPH. The Internet and e-mailed resumes makes it very easy to now include your picture with your resume. DON'T!! Companies legally cannot consider your picture in determining if you are to be interviewed, or hired. This would be a violation of most EOE laws. Many companies won't even consider resumes that are submitted with a picture to ensure that they are in compliance with EOE.

3. NEVER PUT YOUR SALARY EXPECTATIONS OR SALARY HISTORY Salary expectations or history - even if you're applying to a job that asks for it, don't list it.

4. CUTESY GIMMICKS - Employers won't take you seriously


While there are more do's and dont's about resume writing, these few tips should provide some guidelines for making your resume posting online experience safer and more productive.

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