6 Things you should avoid putting on your Resume (Job searching Guide)

Collins Okoye

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Creating a resume might be simple for many job seekers. Still, the question is, how do you provide the real details that employers are actually looking for and not just the same old stories that sounds boiling to employers but obviously sound great to you. Today's guide will look at those unwanted details that you shouldn't provide in your resume.

However, I got my idea from employers who happen to be my close friends. They have shared their experiences while reviewing thousands of resumes from job seekers, and from that discussion, I was able to gather 6 things you should avoid putting on your resume. This guide is essential to every Jobseeker because your resume says a lot about you no matter your experience and educational level.

To write a Resume that will ring a bell saying, "Hire me," to the ear of an employer, you must carefully examine every word, number, line, and accomplishment. So let's press the backspace button on seven items you should eliminate from your curriculum vitae—and why:

1. The use of Personal pronouns

Amazingly, many applicants still make a mistake in their summary using personal pronouns - "I," "me," "us."

Why do you keep personal pronouns out? Because it's your CV, it's assumed that it's all about you. Instead of saying "I have managed five workers," I have only typed "managed five employees."

2. Positions older than ten to fifteen years

If you're a new graduate or a senior manager with decades of experience, add only four or five jobs over 10 to 15 years.

The older the position, the less hiring management takes care of it, unless it's in a sizeable renowned organization or is strongly linked with the job it wants.

Use this precious resume space to understand the details of your latest work and achievements rather than immerse yourself in obsolete working life.

3. Hobbies and interests that are irrelevant

Do you enjoy esports? Camping? Are you a coin collector? Gardening? Everyone has an interest, and most individuals believe that the more distinctive their passion is, the more it will distinguish them from other applicants.

But, at least for the time being, recruiting managers seem unconcerned about how you use your leisure time. They have tight deadlines and a mountain of resumes to go through, so all they can think about right now is identifying people that match the criteria.

Of course, if your interest is relevant to the position you're looking for, you can list it. If you're applying for a job in finance, for example, saying that you dabble in bitcoin investment may be regarded as a plus. But don't bother if you're looking for a job as a medical research assistant.

4. Adding Images in your Resume

Unless you wish to be considered for the main role in a major motion picture, you are not required to provide a headshot.

Indeed, there may be downsides to doing so. To begin, some supervisors and recruiters have expressed concern that it is "unprofessional" or even "tasteless."

Additionally, it might result in unconscious prejudice. Whether it's how you dress, your gender, race, or just how old you appear — all of these factors have the ability to influence a recruiter's decision-making, even if unintentionally.

Finally, there is a slim chance that the photo will change the structure of your resume, causing technical issues when it is sent to application tracking systems.

5. Excessive soft Skills

You're probably wondering, But aren't soft skills beneficial?

True, but only to a point. Too many candidates overstate their soft talents, and because hiring managers are well aware of this typical ruse, you risk losing trust if you begin mentioning too many.

I typically advocate for having a greater concentration of hard talents than soft abilities. When including soft skills, ensure that they are shown rather than mentioned.

Rather than just stating that you are adept at multitasking, for example, it is preferable to include something along the lines of, "Led several projects from start to finish, resulting in an A percent increase in B."

6. Your postal address (if you apply off-state)

The conventional practice used to be your mailing address on your CV.

But if you wish to relocate and apply for non-state employment, it would be prudent to do so, particularly as some businesses only want to examine local applicants.

Recruiters need not know precisely where they reside in the early phases of the recruitment process. It might also be a safety issue if your information is taken.


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