Resume Format: What Not to Put in Your Resume

Many people are not aware what to put in their resume and what not to put in their resume. For those of you who don’t know what to put and just what not to put on your resume, I’ve written this short article to help you. I know you have many resume templates/builder online, but the resume format is the problem for many. Keep in mind that my job is to direct you as being a recruiter before and my duties of resume sourcing have trained me effectively on reading resumes and interpreting the good candidates from the bad simply by reading their resume.

More than a few years in the past, before the economy went bad, it was much better to get called on for interviews. Now, it’s much tougher since the unemployment rate went up. To get in front of the recruiting companies and get called on to interview your resume needs to stand out among other job seekers, it has to pull in the recruiter or hiring manager’s attention, in an effective way and not a bad way.

1. Never include what you’re bad at/your weaknesses – You always want to highlight your strengths and what you’re really good/experienced at.

2. Never include what you did not like about your last job- You need to come out as a very positive person, not really a negative one. If you put something negative with your resume you may be seen as a negative person.

3. Never include what you didn’t like regarding your last boss or co-workers- Again, you want to look like a positive person so you never want to mention anything negative.

4. Never include your age- This will “work” against your favor on many occasions. In today’s marketplace, many employers want to pay their staff less so they’re really searching for those with less experience. Recruiters and Hiring Managers know that if you are older in age, most likely you are interested in a higher salary than someone younger with less experience.

Of course, you will find exceptions to the age. For some senior specialized positions, it would be OK to put your age as they are searching for a very senior person with an XYZ number of years in that field. It is something a younger less experienced person cannot have.

5. Never reveal your religion – This has no relevancy for the job and you do not need to include any situation that is irrelevant.

6. Never include any irrelevant job experience – You need to concentrate on the resume on the specific types of job you are searching for, whether it is in sales, marketing, recruiting, banking, etc. In case, you’re looking for the banking position you should not put that you are a recruiter. This is irrelevant.

7. Never include your political views or person life/history.

8. Never lie on your own resume – If someone finds out you’re likely to be terminated or you’ll be asked to leave interviews.

9. Never disclose your social security number (oversea job seekers) or driver’s license- This is a private information and can make your identity stolen.

10. Never put your criminal record.

11. Never include your family information.

12. Never put your medical history.

13. Never use sarcasm in your resume.

14. Never use miss-spelled words or bad grammar in your resume.

Career coaches and counselors  recommend that you strive to be detailed in resumes and personal profiles. For instance, instead of saying that you’ve “extensive experience,” state the complete number of years you might have put in a certain function or field. Also, you could name specific projects on that you’ve worked, and indicate just what your contributions and achievements were.

Alternatively, if you’re an advanced employer or possibly a potential employer and you cannot find qualified candidates I would suggest trying resume sourcing services. With resume sourcing you will receive only qualified candidates who match your job description. Your recruiter/resume sourcer will also get rid of any candidates whose resumes do not look pleasant.




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