Avoid these pitfalls to stand out from the crowd and reduce the odds of your resume being scrapped without a second look. Never include the following items.
- General job duties. It’s pretty obvious that at most jobs you have to answer the phone, send e-mails, and generally communicate with others. List three pinpoints of out-of-the-box duties or accomplishments, but leave the basics behind.
- Every single job you’ve ever had. If your summer camp position isn’t integral to the job you’re applying for, leave it out, so long as you won’t have a huge gap in employment. On the same note, never leave employment gaps unexplained. Your cover letter is a great place to talk about why you were unemployed for a period of time.
- Vague career objectives. Your career objective should be fine-tuned for the specific job you’re applying for. If you don’t do this, the recruiter will know you’ve given them a cookie cutter resume, not one that matches what they’re looking for. This may just be one line of your resume, but it’s important enough to put time and thought into. Think of it as the first impression.
- The line that says, “References available upon request.” By now, interviewers know that they can get references if they need them. Also, you’re right in not wanting to take up precious resume space by actually including reference contact information. Instead, keep an updated sheet of your references so that you can supply it as soon as it’s needed.
- Your business e-mail address. Neither you nor your potential employer should want to contact you at your current job. This can require awkward phrasing in the e-mails so that you don’t get caught job hunting. Avoid any problem by putting your personal e-mail address on your resume.
- Obvious skills. Today, everyone should know how to use Microsoft Word and social media. Only include unique skills on your resume.
- Your photo. First, you don’t want the interviewer to be influenced by your age or gender. Second, your photo is easily accessible with a basic Google search, assuming you have at least one social media profile. When it comes to resume, photos look out of place and unprofessional.