Applying for a Job? Here’s What NOT to Include in Your Resume By Dana Lee, CSC
For most people, not much has changed since the great Leonardo da Vinci wrote the first professional resume. Some professionals, however, come up with creative ideas to make their resume stand out. But you must be careful. There are people who go overboard with creativity and include unwanted elements. Getting an interview call largely depends on your resume and it is important to know the dos and don’ts of resume writing.
Avoid run-of-the-mill “objective” that’s all about what you are seeking in a job. Rather than using a typical objective such as, “looking for a challenging opportunity that can help me leverage and nurture my skills”, highlight what you as a professional can bring to the table. Write about what you excel at, your areas of interest and how you can add value to a company. Try not to go overboard while explaining yourself, as you don’t want to end up looking arrogant to your prospective employer.
Irrelevant Work Experience
You may have taken up several part-time jobs, but there is no need to mention all your past work experiences in your resume. Include your old (10-15-year-old) experiences if they strongly demonstrate your qualification, or are relevant to the position for which you are applying. If you have limited work experience, you may include details of your older positions and how they helped you prepare for the one you are applying for.
Most recruiters are not too keen on discovering your hobbies and what you like to do to kill time. You can include your hobbies if you have excelled in any, or they relate to your work. If you are applying for a writing job and you maintain a personal blog as a hobby, then you would want to include it in your resume. On the other hand, if you are applying for a tech role and you have a travel blog, it isn’t really relevant.
Using an informal photograph can leave the wrong impression on interviewers, as they may consider you a casual person who doesn’t take their job very seriously. Instead, use a formal photograph that leaves a positive impression and presents you as a sincere individual. In addition, don’t use more than one photograph.
These days, many people use graphics to make their resume more appealing. To some extent, it can be a good idea. However, when using graphics, make sure you don’t go overboard as it may make your resume untidy. Use only relevant graphics or don’t use any if you don’t see a clear purpose.
As a parting tip, don’t label your resume with the word ‘Resume’. Instead, use your name. Use a font that looks professional and is easy to read, such as Arial, Calibri, Cambria, or Tahoma. If you are looking for professional assistance to help you create a professional resume, Delta Dallas can help. Staffing experts at Delta Dallas not only help you with creating a professional resume but also help you identify and apply for relevant job openings according to your experience. To learn more about us, fill out our contact form or simply call (972) 788-2300.