Things to Never Put on Your Resume

With hiring managers using complex systems to discard unwanted candidates, it’s really important knowing how to write an effective resume and things to never put on it. “What not to include in a Resume” Guide will help you understand Each item that you should not include in your CV. Even before your resume is personally reviewed by a hiring manager, the right techniques can better ensure that your resume is selected from the stack. Ultimately, this can help get you the interview and the right position for you.

What not to include in a Resume

what not to include in a resumeThere are a few sound bites that will place you in contention for discreet discrimination. Resist the temptation to include these items:

1. Date of birth

Some companies automatically return resumes to candidates who have referenced their date of birth or age. You may include your birth date if you wish. However, it is no longer necessary.

2. Marital status

Hiring managers usually don’t care about your marital status. Include this personal data is a clumsy mistake.

3. Personal data

Height, weight, health status, ethnicity, and so on. Hiring managers don’t need personal data beyond your name, location and way to contact you. With some exceptions, your nationality should be omitted.

4. Photograph

Don’t do it, even if your physiognomy is suitable for the cover of GQ or Cosmopolitan which brings me to the exception to this rule. Actors and models do use a photo, typically an 8-by-10 head shot, on the back of which is the resume a listing of performances or shoots/products featured.

5. “Date-stamping” the resume

Don’t place the date you prepared the resume in the lower-right corner (or anywhere else); also avoid listing when you are available to begin work unless you’re applying, for instance, to a school district that has a school-year calendar or year-round track to staff.

6. About Letters of recommendation

Save them for a timely follow-up contact.

7. About Salary history/requirements

If at all possible, save this hot potato for the interview process. You might want to mention a salary range in the cover letter if the employer has specifically asked for it.

8. About Reference list

Save this one, too, for the interview or a follow-up contact. You might, however, conclude your resume by centering the words, References on request. Don’t sacrifice additional line spaces by using a separate category heading as do the majority of professional resume writers, employers, and the general public. That you don’t need to include these words. However, it is still a common practice to do so, and we’ll give you two reasons why:

  • It informs readers that the end of the resume has come. This is especially helpful if the last category they’ve read is about your experience rather than a more typical closing category, such as Education or Activities.
  • It brings balance and visual closure to the page. Centering the reference line at the bottom of the page helps to balance your name and contact information, which might be centered at the top of the page.