Throughout 2013, I served as a contributing blogger for an online job search platform based here in Nashville called Gradspring. It's just for recent college graduates seeking entry level jobs, and those companies hiring for entry level positions. However, the advice I shared in my blogs is advice that any job seeker, experienced or inexperienced, can find helpful in his or her job search.
In one such blog post I discussed items you should NOT include on your resume, despite the fact that many people do (trust me, I know because I review several resumes a day). These items are all things recruiters say they don't want to see on a resume. Below is a list of such items, but if you want the explanation as to why you should not include them on a resume, you'll have to read the full article on Gradspring's blog.
- Personal information
- Objective statement
- High school
- Relevant coursework
- The statement "References available upon request."
- Your photo
- Personal pronouns
- Descriptions of the companies for which you previously worked
- Unrelated experience or jobs from 7 to 10 years ago
- Past supervisors' names
- Job descriptions that don't include results or accomplishments
- Sports (unless...)
- Activities in which you're not actively involved
- Irrelevant interests
- Languages you cannot speak fluently
- Outdated computer skills
- Inconsistent formatting
- Fonts that are too small or difficult to read
- Misspelled words and grammatical errors
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