7 Things Which Should Not Be On Your Resume

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A recruiter will glance at your resume for about 8-10 seconds and decide whether you are worth considering for the job role. For a job seeker like you, a resume is a very important document. This simple piece of paper matters a lot. Whilst some job seekers are much concerned about what they should add to the resume format and few of them certainly take care of what shouldn’t be on it. Here are seven things which should not be on your resume.

Salary History
You should never mention how much your salary was in the previous organizations as it might send a wrong message to the recruiter. You should show the value of your previous job and the skills you acquired which is relevant for the current job post. If you are so concerned about your salary, talk to the interviewer or the HR directly and discuss it.

Hobbies and Interests
Firstly, don’t mix your hobbies with your interests, both have different meanings. Hobby is an activity done regularly in your free time. The feeling of wanting to know or learn about something or someone is your interest. For example, reading will be an interest, it would be your hobby only if you are dedicated to any genre and have ample of knowledge about it. Mention your hobbies, it is a good thing but don’t put hobbies like playing football or dancing. Think whether your hobby will help in your job, you’ll get the answer.

Crazy Fonts And Colours
While creating your resume use fonts which are easy to read and won’t confuse the Applicant Tracking System (ATS). Fonts like Arial, Calibri, Cambria, Tahoma, Book Antiqua or Franklin Gothic are suggested to use in your resume. If you are applying for a creative job, showcase your design skills on your portfolio rather than on your resume. People try to make their resume look classy with a fancy font, but studies show they are harder to read and the recruiter absorbs less about you. For the headlines you can use another font, your resume should not have more than one or two fonts.


Multiple Phone Numbers
The more phone numbers you add to your resume the lesser chances you have of getting shortlisted for the interview. Be clear about your contact details by providing only one phone number which is with you all the time and avoid creating unnecessary confusion in the recruiter’s mind.

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Too Much Of The Past
Recruiters are interested in your most recent experience and how it relates to the job which you are applying for. If you are a fresher with no job experience then you need to focus on your achievements in college. Remove the dates from your degree, certifications or awards which fall outside the 15 years window.

Irrelevant Information
Including your religious preference, or social security numbers (Passport or PAN card number) in your resume is irrelevant to get a job. This might have been the standard in the past, but all of this information is actually not required, so there’s no need to include it.
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Flashy Pictures
If you want to put your photograph on your CV, it should be decent, unlike your facebook profile pictures. Don’t ruin your impression by putting a flashy picture.
I would like to add one more thing, in case you are sharing your resume with the recruiter on the email, always mention a short summary of your profile in the email body.  The summary helps in getting your resume shortlisted, based on the relevance of course. Also, creating a good impression on your recruiter with the resume is an important and first step towards cracking the interview. Keeping these few things in mind will definitely help to get your desired job.

If you think we might have missed out some points in the list, feel free to write them in our comment box below.

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  1. September 17, 2017

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