Putting together a great resume is time consuming, so once you finally send your masterpiece to the company hiring manager, you’d like to think that the little beauty will make it past the resume pile. Fair or unfair, such is not always the case, even if you’ve followed all the rules. Now imagine that your resume violates any of the delicate tenets of acceptable resume writing, and you’ll be out of there before you’ve even had a chance to unwind from hitting the ‘send’ button. Read on for a list of things to keep off of the old CV:
Irrelevant Job Experience
It’s difficult to trim great experience that doesn’t necessarily pertain to the job you’re currently applying for. For one thing, this experience shaped who you are today and you acquired some great skills along the way. But if there aren’t any transferable skills present, cut it. It only clutters the resume and makes the valuable stuff harder to find.
Your Entire Work History
You may be proud of the fact that you’ve managed to hold various jobs since the day you turned 16. While this displays a fabulous work ethic, it clutters your resume yet again. Your ability to hold a job all through high school and still maintain straight A’s may have impressed the college admissions office, but it’s going to annoy the HR associate reviewing your resume.
It’s never a good idea to lie about work experience, where you went to school, degrees you have attained, etc., because even though you may feel you’d be able to pull a fast one on the hiring manager, they’ll find out somehow. Believe in yourself and your merits enough to tell the truth and score the job because you actually deserve it.
When you are applying to jobs overseas, the policy on including photographs on your resume can differ; but in general it’s wise not to include a head shot, glamour shot, or otherwise. First of all, companies cannot legally decide to interview or hire a person based on appearance; second of all, many will move past resumes that do include photographs in order to stay on the safe side. So just don’t do it – if anything, it takes up valuable space that you could be using for something else.
It’s reasonable to assume that humor, sarcasm, or some other in-your-face attitude will gain recognition and a second look – heck, maybe you’re such a comedian that they’ll want to bring you in for an interview so that they can meet you face to face! Wrong. Businesses are running a serious operation when they’re searching to bring someone else on. Most won’t have time for your silly jokes. Instead, save your winning personality for the interview.
Deciding what to put on a resume can be tricky, especially when you’re only allotted a page or two and about 20 seconds of a hiring manager’s time. Keep it short, succinct, and professional, and you’ll be well on your way to an interview!
Until next time,
The Doostang Team