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Seven Things Not to Include in Your Resume


A Guest Post by Nisa Chitakasem As a job-seeker, you probably know in your heart that the more concise and relevant a resume is, the more likely it is to hold the reader’s attention. And the more interested a recruiter is in your resume, the more likely they are to shortlist you for an interview. However, nowadays it seems that some people think resumes have to be all-singing, all-dancing multimedia presentations. It’s tempting to follow the crowd and join in. But before you start overloading your resume, read this list of things not to include.
  1. A video — Embedding a video in your resume will probably have no effect except to take up space and potentially make the attachment difficult to download.
  2. A photo — Unless you’re applying for a modeling or acting job, what you look like should be irrelevant when employers consider you as a job candidate.
  3. 3. A “joke” — Save the jokes for your friends, not your potential employer.
  4. Your age — If, for example, you put your age on a resume that you then forward to recruitment agencies to give to potential employers, some agencies will edit out this detail. This is so employers can’t discriminate against you on the basis of how old you are.
  5. Any style font that isn’t Times New Roman — Times New Roman is the clearest font to read and people with bad eyesight can have trouble reading other fonts. As you don’t know if the person who’s going to be reading your resume has bad eyesight or not, it’s best to play it safe. [EDITOR’S NOTE: We disagree with this one. While fonts should be conservative, fonts other than Times New Roman are certainly acceptable.]
  6. Any color font that isn’t black — Just as Times New Roman is the clearest font, black is the easiest color to read.
  7. Anything that isn’t true — Don’t lie or fabricate on your resume, because you’ll be found out somewhere along the line. If not at interview, then when you’re doing the actual job. If, for instance, you’ve lied that you know how to use MS Access, what are you going to do when your boss asks you to enter data into it?
Nisa Chitakasem is the founder of Position Ignition — a careers company dedicated to taking you to the next step in your career. Nisa is passionate about helping individuals find the right career path for them whether it involves finding a more rewarding career, making a career change, figuring out the right career plan or being creative about career directions. For free advice, guidance and information on careers visit the Position Ignition Career Blog or find Nisa on Twitter @PosIgnition or Facebook.