With unemployment still sky-high in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, you probably know that competition for each position is stiff. You may already be aware that you have just seconds to impress an employer with your resume and likely know how important it is to highlight the skills and qualifications detailed in the job description. What you might not know, though, is that what you leave off your resume is just as important as what you include. Here are four things you should never put on your resume.
This doesn’t just mean your literal age, but also anything on your resume that could help employers guess your age bracket. Leave off jobs that are more than 10 or 15 years old, and don’t talk about how you have “20 years of experience” in your field. Likewise, cut your graduation date from your resume. You don’t want your resume to be dumped in the trash because you’re “too old” or “too young” for the job.
Your entire resume should paint a picture that convinces the employer you are an excellent candidate for the position. Therefore, you need to find a way to tie every job you list to the job you want. Leave out positions that are irrelevant or, if that would leave gaps in your job history, group together the irrelevant ones in a shortlist of Other Work Experience.
Listing salary information from your previous employers, or mentioning your desired salary, is a great way to ensure that your resume never gets a second look. Your resume should show why you’re right for the job, period. Salary discussions come later, either during the interview or after you receive an offer.
Jargon or Buzzwords
Employers dig through many resumes, and you won’t do yourself any favors if you use the same empty words that they see all day. Instead of using terms like “go getter” or “highly driven,” show the employer the results you obtained. Also, avoid technical jargon, which may be specific to your previous company or, at the least, incomprehensible to an HR rep who isn’t in your field. Use clear, plain language to describe your accomplishments.
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