Things not to put on your resume


Most should be aware that people in charge of reviewing your resume only take a quick glance at it before they move on to the next one; one simple unpleasing anecdote, and your resume will find itself in trash. Therefore, you must set up your resume in a fashion where any bit of unprofessionalism is nonexistent. There are simply certain things that many people incorporate in their resumes that simply have no place – to many, not including these things may seem like common sense but many still continue to add them in. Here are some things to NOT include in your resumes.

Private Information

Private information includes anything beyond your contact information – phone numbers, e-mail, and address. Things like marital status, age, race, ethnicity, etc.; simply put, it’s anything that could be used to discriminate against you. Photographs are another item in this criterion you want to stay away from incorporating.

Irrelevant Work Experience

This is a tricky scenario; on one hand, displaying experience in various avenues could work well for you as it will make you look versatile, but on the other hand, placing it in to fill in the empty space will only work against you. The best way to go about this is to only include your 2-3 (great) experiences from your recent past; if you are of a significant age, say 30, and you’ve had numerous jobs since you were the age of 18, then you simply want to stay away from inserting the early job experiences you may have had. You can discuss your past experiences in more detail if/when you get asked about it during the face to face interview.

Unprofessional E-mail Address

We all have that email address from our younger days that we simply can’t let go – is not a phrase your potential future employer wants to see. Stick to the basics; simplify your email address to your proper name and a decent domain name.

Current Business Contact Information

Jumping from one job to another is an experience that will be faced by most people. But, the last thing you want to do is make your current employer aware of your intentions. This could be your office e-mail ID and office phone number – most employers can access all your office emails and receiving a phone call from a potential future employer while you are at work is like asking to be fired.

Salary Information

Including this information on the resume used to be quite a thing but it’s considered repulsive by today’s standard. Most jobs you will be applying to will display how much they are offering right from the get go so for you to have your desired salary in your resume just comes off as arrogant. You might get the chance to negotiate your desired salary during the interview so save this conversation for then. Only include it if it is asked!

Boring Fonts

The main idea behind this tip is to avoid using the overly typical sans serif fonts; these are your Arial and Helvetica. Many recommend using Times New Roman but this font is now overly used and too commonly seen. Calibri, Garamond, and Georgia are a few great professional alternatives worth trying out instead.


For the most part, you do not want to include your GPA in your resume; there is however one exception. If you have just recently graduated, then of course it makes sense to include your GPA, but, only include it if it is higher than 3.8. If you have worked a few years after graduating and are looking to switch jobs, there is simply no need to include your GPA. Employers really only care about the most recent of your endeavors and most likely will not care about your college performance and including it makes it seem that your still stuck in the past (the glory days).

A Bad Objective Statement

The decision over whether a resume should have an objective statement has been debated for quite some time now. But, if you are planning to place it, then it is best you write the best one possible and not some lousy filler. Two important things to keep in mind: 1) don’t sound overly confident and 2) make it about what you are bringing to the company vs. what you plan on getting out of the job. Objective statement is practically the first thing your potential employer will look at, and if it doesn’t win them over, then it’s the last thing they will read from it.

Unrelated Hobbies

This is tip is more for those who feel compelled to incorporate hobbies that have nothing to with their field what so ever. For example, if you are into photography and you’re applying for a job in journalism field, then yes, by all means, incorporate links to your photography/media related portfolio in your resume. But, leave all unnecessary – inapplicable – hobbies out your resume.


In a lot of situations, a reference (good or bad) can be a major decisive factor in whether you will be getting hired or not. Many people like to include “References available on request”; this is not necessary either because interested employers will ask you for such information if they are interested. The reference portion of your resume is simply unnecessary in today’s day and age; if you are asked about presenting a few references, think of it as a good sign that your employers are interested in you.

Bad Grammar

Proofreading your resume is a must! Don’t just check for errors yourself; show it everybody you know of that is good with the language. It should go without saying, but many people often submit their resumes without verifying it a few times before submitting and the result is a quick dismissal.

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