If you’re looking for a new job you’ll want to make sure your resume is up to date. There are a few things you definitely need on your resume, including job history and contact information, but what should you leave out? Here is a list of four things you shouldn’t include on your resume.
Your resume should include skills that are related to the job you are applying to. Anything irrelevant will hurt your chances of getting the position. If you want to land a job as an English teacher, don’t say how proficient you are at woodwork. If the skill fits the job, include it, otherwise leave it off.
You never want to send the wrong message and adding what you used to make or what you expect to make can do just that. There is a time and place to discuss salary, usually the interview process. Your former salary might not even come up when talking with a potential employer. Keep your salary expectations to yourself until the time is appropriate.
Grammar and Spelling Mistakes
Job hunting means applying to multiple jobs at the same time. You should be customizing your resume to fit each job. Adding appropriate items or changing the structure could lead to errors. Have someone else read through your resume before you send it out. More eyes on the document will help to catch mistakes you may have missed.
It is perfectly acceptable to put recent success on your resume, even encouraged. However, if you made Eagle Scout at age 15 and you’re now 40, leave it off. If you focus too much on the past it may be a signal to potential employers that your drive has diminished. Highlighting current achievements shows you’re ready and willing to work hard and contribute to the success of your future position.
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