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Does Your Resume Include These 10 No-Nos?


By nature, resumes are condensed versions of your experience, skills and proficiencies. Alison Green of the U.S. News and World Report recently compiled a list of items that should never appear on this important document. Are you wasting valuable resume real estate with these 10 no-nos?

  1. A functional format. Stick to a chronological format instead so prospective employers don't think you've got something to hide.
  2. An objective. Green recommends you use your cover letter instead to outline how the position suits your career goals.
  3. A photo. The exceptions to this rule are positions in which your appearance influences your ability to do the job, such as an actor or model.
  4. Short-term jobs. Unless these were contract jobs or positions that are inherently designed to be short-term, omit them entirely.
  5. Unusually fancy designs. The exception to this rule is a design-oriented position; otherwise, stick to a straightforward layout.
  6. Extra pages. Stick to two pages or less; Green says that employees in their 20s should limit themselves to one page.
  7. High school. There's no need to mention what high school you attended, unless you're just a few years after your graduation date.
  8. Salary history. By divulging this information early in the game, you potentially compromise your power to negotiate for a higher salary later.
  9. Subjective descriptions. Stick to objective facts and quantitative descriptions; after all, self-assessments are infamous for being hyperbolic.
  10. References. Naturally, if asked, you'll provide references, so there's no need to waste resume real estate with a line like, "References are available upon request."

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