A resume is a document utilized and created by someone to present one’s background, skills and accomplishment. It is mostly used to secure new employment.
“When in doubt, leave it out”- There are certain things you should exclude from your resume:
1. The date you wrote the resume is not what the employer needs to know, the dates you include regarding past education and employment are the only dates you need to include.
2. Any personal data beyond your contact information like your address, email and phone number is not needed.
3. Leave out your age, date of birth, race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, political affiliation and the name of your spouse and children. While this information may be required in an international CV, it should be left out of a resume.
4. You should also leave out important numbers that could allow someone to steal your identity, such as your Aadhar Card number, PAN details, driver’s license number and any credit card information etc.
5. Statements about your health.
6. Photographs: Today most companies prefer you not to include a photograph so they can safely adhere to the Equal Employment Opportunity legislation (which prohibits companies from making hiring decisions for discriminatory reasons). An exception would be if you were applying for a modeling or acting job, where appearances inform hiring decisions.
7. Unrelated Work Experience: You don’t need to list every job you have held on your resume. Generally, you only want to include positions you have held in the past 10 to 15 years, unless an earlier job strongly demonstrates your qualifications. However, if you have limited job experience, you can include slightly unrelated positions as long as you demonstrate how they prepared you for a job in your new field. For example, if you are applying for a job in sales, you can include your earlier job as a cashier if you explain that the job helped you develop your customer service skills.
8. Unrelated Hobbies: Most companies do not want to see your hobbies on your resume. However, if you have a hobby that relates to the company, you may include it. For example, if you are applying to work at a sporting goods store, you could list your interest in particular outdoor activities.
9. Salary History: Your salary history is an issue you can discuss with the employer during an interview or once you have been offered the job; you do not want to establish a salary range before you have even been offered an interview. So, don’t list your current salary or the salary you expect to earn at a new job.
10. More Things Not to Include on a Resume
- Personal pronouns
- Statements about your health
- Long descriptions
- Street addresses for schools and employers
- Spelling and grammatical errors
- Exaggerations or mistruths
- Anything negative about yourself or an employer
Write a Resume the Quick and Easy Way
One of the easiest ways to write a resume is to think of it as a step-by-step process, including only the information you need, and leaving off the extraneous details.
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