What you leave out of your
resume is as important
as what you include.
1. Anything negative
Even if a previous position was unpleasant and you had a difficult manager, you shouldn’t badmouth employers on your resume (or in a job interview!): it just paints you in a negative light. Remember, this is a document marketing you and your skills, so keep it positive. If you need to share why your last boss won’t be providing a reference, you can do so in person if you get further along in the interview process.
2. Irrelevant job experience
Be discerning about what job experience to include. Depending on what stage your career is at, some early work experience may be unnecessary to list, and may distract from your more pertinent employment history. Promoting yourself and your experience in the best possible light means making your CV clear, concise and relatively current.
3. A bad photo
Depending on your industry and location, you may elect to add a photo to your resume, but if you do, make sure that it’s a great one. It should be high-resolution, professional-looking and current: grainy scanned images from your last holiday won’t make the right impression. Showing that you’re presentable will, so you may even wish to invest in a professionally taken headshot. You should also use this photo on your LinkedIn and other social media profiles, so you have a consistent online image.
4. Your current work email address
Create a new, professional sounding email address while you’re job hunting. This works much better than listing your current company address, which could raise issues if anyone sees emails about interviews and job offers. You can even purchase a domain name that’s your actual name, which also solidifies your personal brand.
5. Career objectives
Career objectives are frequently unnecessary, since they are usually indicated by the fact that you’re applying for the job. If you want to add personality to your resume, you may wish to include a brief personal statement, to give a flavour of your interests and passions.
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