5 Dangerous Things You Must Leave Off Your Resume

Looking for a job is very stressful and it can take a lot out of you. Even if your personal circumstances means you can still put food on your table it’s heartbreaking when you don’t hear anything back once you send of multiple resumes. The easiest way to solve this problem is by giving your resume a makeover. Today we’re going to look at some silly little things you should leave off the resume since they don’t need to be there. The things we’re going to take off might be what is getting you into trouble.

Your physical appearance

Your employer doesn’t need to know anything about your physical appearance. This isn’t just because they might prefer brunettes over blondes. It’s more to do with the fact you might get discriminated against because of any disabilities you have. They’d prefer if you didn’t mention anything on your CV as they’re prevented from discrimination against disabled people anyway. Some positions might require you to mention whether or not you’re physically capable of carrying out a certain job, but they’re the exception rather than the rule.

Political or religious views

If you start telling everyone about your religious views there is a good chance you’ll get overlooked. Employers still shouldn’t discriminate against you, but there is always the chance you’ll fall short because of something you say. Your political views are almost as dangerous as your religious views and I’m sure a few people would throw your resume straight in the bin because you were on the other side. Say nothing and nobody can hold anything against you.

Detailed employment gaps

Don’t explain to potential employers why you have a few gaps in your employment history. There aren’t many great excuses you can come up with anyway, so wasting a chunk of real estate on your resume to explain the gaps is a bad idea. You can get around this by altering the way you write your resume. Instead of writing a list of your previous jobs in chronological order you should write them in a list starting with the most applicable first. Write the dates at the side, but don’t make a big deal about them.

Jobs from decades ago

Unless you’ve been in the same profession for your entire career you don’t need to talk about jobs you had decades ago. They simply don’t matter because the skills you learned all those years ago will be long forgotten. In certain industries they might not even matter any more because things change quickly. The biggest reason you don’t want to mention them is because they could give away your age. If you let someone know how old you are they might decide they don’t want to offer you an interview.

A list of references


A potential employer won’t bother checking your references until they’re thinking about offering you a job. If someone does contact your references you might be in trouble if you don’t get the job. It’s also a waste of space and it takes up half a page on your resume. Please don’t tell them your references are available upon request. They will already know you’re prepared to give them references when they ask otherwise you wouldn’t get the job.

Don’t rush your resume

If you’re not having any luck at the moment you should try rewriting your resume. Take off anything we’ve spoken about today and spend the next few days thinking about what companies will really want you to tell them. If you can improve your resume you’ll find a new job much quicker and your life can go back to normal.

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Jennie Peters, the author of this article, works at Freedom Lift Systems, providers of high-quality vertical platform wheelchair lifts. Jennie loves knitting for her kids, Sam and Jamie whenever she gets time.

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