5 Dangerous Things You Should Leave Off Your Resume

You might feel confident about landing a job if you get a chance to speak to someone, but before this can happen you need to impress them with your resume. This is an area where a lot of people mess up and it’s usually because they include things that shouldn’t be there.

If you’re having trouble reaching the interview stage you might want to make some changes to the resume you’re currently using at the moment. We’re going to look at some of those things you should maybe leave out. You might not land your dream job, but you will certainly improve your chances of being successful.

Cut out irrelevant experience

Most of us have had more than a few jobs, so when it comes time you apply for your next one you have to decide what you should include on your resume. If you have experience in a completely different industry they probably won’t want to know about it, especially if it was in a low-level position while you were in high school or college. Nobody wants to know how good you are at delivering newspapers unless this is the first real job you’re applying for.

Don’t talk about touchy subjects

Religion and politics are two very touchy subjects that can cause a lot of trouble. Do you think you will get the job if the person interviewing you knows you support someone they absolutely hate? Religious beliefs should never stop you from getting a job, but ranting about it on your resume might. Those are both very personal subjects and you should keep them to yourself. Your potential employer should never ask you about them anyway.

Leave out your work details

If you don’t want to get fired you shouldn’t leave your work details so someone can contact you. Your current job allows you to put food on your table which means you probably don’t want to lose it until you know you have another one. If you leave an email address or phone number your potential employer could contact you and if your current employer monitors emails and phone calls it won’t look good.

They know you want the job

When you apply for a new job you can safely assume they know you want the job. I know that sounds obvious, but some people decide to mention how much they want the job on their resume. It’s a waste of space when you should be trying to keep it as short as possible. You should be telling someone why you’re the right person for the job. Tell them why they should hire you. Telling them it’s because you really, really want it is not a good reason.

Nobody cares about your hobbies

Everyone in the world has a hobby they love. Does your future employer care what you do in your spare time? Yes, but only if it means you will be a better employee. Reading comics and drawing cartoons doesn’t count for anything. There are obviously some exceptions, so if your hobby is volunteering at a homeless shelter because you love helping less fortunate people you might want to include that. Anything else can be left out at the moment.

Keep it nice and short

Writing a great resume isn’t too difficult, so don’t stress yourself out about it. You should try to keep it as short and sweet as possible and as long as you’ve covered the most important things you will do alright. Take a look at the one you’re using at the moment and see if you can shorten it by taking out some of the things we’ve spoken about.

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Kevin David, the author of today’s post is an employee at Resume Service, which offers professional CV writers in Perth. He is also very passionate about photography and editing and he shares his ideas through informative articles.

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  1. You know, the resume has changed a lot over the last decade. I remember when it was necessary to make it longer and include details about job experience, objectives, etc. Now, shorter is better — one page at most — highlighting relevant job experience for the most part. Not much else should be included. Thanks for sharing these tips.

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