It is true that a resume must include all necessary details of your work history and performance in the past. But there are a certain elements that are better left out rather than included to spoil the document. What are these elements? How do they affect a resume?
Since resumes are ideally only two pages long, they should contain only information that is relevant for the job for which you are applying. The hiring manager must be able to glance through your resume and pinpoint your achievements without knowing everything about you. And sometimes it makes good sense not to include data that can hinder your chances of landing an interview. Whenever in doubt, slash it out.
The following is a list of sections that must not be on your resume when it reaches the recruiter.
The Word ‘Resume’
It is silly to label the resume as "resume." The first look should make it obvious enough. The employer must be able to comprehend the type of the document just by giving it a glance. So when you save the file while making changes use your name so that the hiring manager knows whose resume it is.
The Date of Creation
It is irrelevant to mention the date your resume was created on. It is useless for the employer to know when the document was made; rather you should include the dates related to past employment and dates when you achieved something big.
Personal Data Other Than Contact Details
When creating a resume, do not include any personal details beyond your email ID, phone number and address. Exclude the age, gender, race, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religion and your spouse’s name.
Most companies do not require your photograph with the resume. They prefer resumes without your photos so they can offer equal employment opportunities, irrespective of color, race, gender, etc.
High School Grades
Academic scores of high school must not be included in the resume. It is justified if you are in your early years of college or hold only a high school diploma, but you must move beyond these marks and eliminate this part once you complete another form of education or get some work experience. If you must include it, leave out bad GPAs and only include the school name, graduation date, and awards received.
Non-Contextual Work Experience
You don't have to list all the jobs that you have held. Even if you have acquired vast experience you need not display it all. Try and include only those positions that you have held in the last 10 to 15 years, unless the prior stints strongly demonstrate the capabilities needed for this post. Without showing much gap, skip the experiences that are not related to this job that you are aiming for.
If you happen to have a hobby that will ultimately relate to the company or job, you should include it. Otherwise companies do not wish to see your hobbies on the resume. For instance, if you are applying for work at a radio jockey, you can list your interest in music and its various genres.
Names and Contact Details for Previous Employers
You will be required to present a separate list of references, so why clutter the resume with repetitive information. So keep details like the name and contact information of your reporting managers at bay from the resume.
Past Remuneration Packages
Salary is one matter that is meant to be discussed with the employer during the round of personal interview or later when you are offered the job. You should not publicize a salary bracket you wish to fall under even before you have even been called for the interview.
Leave this to the company for when you are hired. Companies are known to run background checks for any sort of criminal record. But there is no need to mention it on the resume as you will only have people judging you based on your criminal record as soon as you step in for the interview. And who knows, seeing it on paper they may not even invite you for the interview.
Devika Arora is a professional writer, currently focusing on the extensive domain of employment. She has written various articles, news stories and blog posts for job search and recruitment.