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Data You Should Not Put on Your Resume

AUTHOR: Darlene Zambruski
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POSTED: May 7, 2013 at 2:00 am

Watched an interesting YouTube presentation the other day regarding five items a candidate should never put on a resume.

The items break down into these categories:

Personal Information

That would include information hiring managers in the US aren’t allowed, by law, to ask. Such as:

  • Your date of birth
  • Martial status
  • Religious affiliation
  • Sexual orientation
  • Race

Keep in mind that other countries have their own guidelines, and some may require personal information to be on a resume. When in doubt, Google the country you’re planning to work in to find out what their requirements are.

Photo

Photographs are generally not used on US resumes. Again, overseas resumes may require them. The only time a photo may be appropriate in this country is if the candidate is applying for a high-profile sales position in which appearance matters. Or if the individual is in the performing arts. In those instances, make certain that your photo is professional. No vacation shots.

Links to Facebook or Other Social Media Accounts

An employer can find anyone on the Internet these days. No need to give them the links. What’s more, before you apply for a position, make certain that any damaging or embarrassing information is removed from your social media accounts. Candidates frequently miss out on job opportunities because of their online presence.

Interests

As a rule, employers are not interested in anything that is not work-related. They want to know how your skills, knowledge, abilities, can positively impact their company’s bottom line. Therefore, personal interests on a resume are irrelevant. More importantly, they can be damaging to your chances. If you’re an accountant, but state you have an interest in collecting rare coins, an employer might wonder where you’re getting the funds to do so given that the job only pays thirty grand a year. If you boast that you like extreme sports, the hiring manager may fear that you’ll be using their medical insurance for your injuries.

References

You can omit ‘References Available Upon Request’ at the end of your resume. It’s understood. If an employer is interested in you, you will be asked to provide references at that time.

The important thing to remember is not only what to put on your resume (achievements, results), but also what to exclude so that you don’t miss out on any opportunities.

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Darlene Z.

Darlene Zambruski is a resume writing expert and CPRW (Certified Professional Resume Writer) with more than 13 years of industry experience. She has authored 10,000+ resumes in every industry and at every career level.

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