What NOT to Include on Your Resume


The site FINS.com has a nice list of the items you should not list on your resume. Here’s a quick summary with our comments paraphrasing the article; read full details in the original article:
  1. Unnecessary Details About Your Life . Years ago, information such as health, height, weight, and marital status were common on resumes, but that convention is long gone. Avoid any information that could get your screened out, such as religious or political affiliations.
  2. Your Work Responsibilities as a Lifeguard When You Were 16… We favor fairly complete job histories because many recruiters and employers expect them, but there’s certainly no need to get into your irrelevant teen and college jobs.
  3. A Headshot. Employers don’t want to see these (and will often black them out or remove them) because they don’t want to be accused of discrimination.
  4. Salary Expectations. Your resume is not the place for any discussion of salary, which belongs in a later phase of the job search.
  5. Lies. ‘Nuff said.
  6. Things That Were Once Labeled “Confidential.” If an employer has indicated that any aspect of your work is confidential (e.g., names of clients), you certainly should never reveal that information on your resume.
  7. If You Were Fired From a Job — and What You Were Fired For. Your resume should not include any reason for leaving any job.
  8. Overly Verbose Statements. Avoid wordiness and flowery language.
  9. “References Available Upon Request” and Your Objective. The former is simply unnecessary because it’s understood. The latter is out of fashion with employers, although you do need a way to give your resume a sharp focus, such as with a “headline.”
  10. TMI. Save details for the interview, and keep the resume concise.