The 4 Things You Should Never Put on a Resume

Posted: October 27, 2010 in Resume Tips
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You’ve seen what a resume SHOULD look like, but what about what a potential intern or new hire SHOULDN’T put on that all important document.   Here’s our short list:

1. A Generic Objective Statement

You’ve probably seen a sentence like this on sample or template resumes – “dedicated young professional looking to use my skills to help a successful company”.   The truth is that the same phrase could be used interchangeably on any other undergraduate student resume.   This is your chance to let the employer know why you want to work for their organization and what you’re looking to do.  Change that objective to reflect YOUR short term career goals.

2. Your 7th Grade Email Address

We all have one – that email address that we created long before it was necessary to project a professional image (and often utilizing nicknames that your potential employer doesn’t want to know about). or should not be listed on your resume for an internship or entry level position.   A school email address or personal email using your real name or initials is best.

(Quick side story to prove this isn’t just our generation….when I was interning in a human resources department one summer, an 50 something professional woman dropped off her resume which listed her email address as redhotgranny987 – TRUE STORY…needless to say, we didn’t give her a call back).

3. Paragraphs of information

A short phrase or sentence summarizing a volunteer, work or involvement opportunity is great.  Any additional information concerning your responsibilities and accomplishments should be listed using bullet points.  Readers don’t have the time or patience to process paragraphs full of information – keep your resume clean and easy to read.

4. Languages you can’t speak (or any other exaggerated information)

Globalization has greatly increased the demand for interns and entry level hires that can speak foreign languages.  However, don’t allow this information to urge you to  exaggerate your linguistic abilities.   If you are at least conversational in a language, then by all means list it.  Just remember that being “conversational” in a foreign language means that you could speak with a professional colleague regarding basic business principles (knowing hello, goodbye and where is the bathroom in Spanish may help you on Spring Break to Cancun, but for the workplace you need more).  Capisce?


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