In schools, we always get lessons on crafting the perfect resumes to get your dream jobs. However, most of us would think that when it comes to writing a resume, the more information the better as it helps our future employees know more about ourselves.
Well, wrong. Because sometimes too much information isn’t good especially when the information is useless. Here are some of the information you should never, ever add in the resume.
1. An objective
I mean, if you applied for the job, it’s already obvious that you want the job. Rather than writing down your objectives in your resume, talk to your interview about your goals and what you would like to achieve in the job in 1-2 year’s time.
2. Your sob story
No point telling them your dark past or how your dog died. Since your resume is a promotional document, all promotional documents need to be positive.
3. Every job you’ve ever had
Sure, you might have worked in Macdonalds or held a 1-month admin position in your Uncle’s company, but that does not add any value to the position of a Sales Manager that you’re applying for.
4. Your hobbies
Honestly, nobody cares, unless it is related to your job scope.
5. Achievements that aren’t really achievements
Won an eating competition before? Great. Stayed in a hall for a year? Okay, that’s good for your social life. But these aren’t achievements that can value-add your resume. Rather, stick to more professional or community-oriented achievement.
6. Physical Characteristics
You will be surprised but people actually do add these “achievements” in their resume. Please, unless you are auditioning for the role of an actor or a model, don’t.
7. Bad grammar
Please get someone to validate your writing skills before submitting your resume. Submitting a resume with bad grammar is as good as not submitting it at all.
8. Unprofessional contact information
When submitting your contact information for a job, always include a professional email address. If need to, just create a new one. No one wants to hire a [email protected]
9. Overly casual tones
No “Hahahah” or “LOL” when crafting your cover letters or resumes, please. You’re interviewing to be someone’s BFF. Heck, why would you want to be casual in the first place?
10. Two-plus pages of Cover letters
Because no one has the time to read through an essay about yourself. Keep it short and simple. If possible, write them in point form as well. Remember: less is more.
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