What Not To Include In Your Resume

Do you have a difficult time determining what does not go in your job resume? The rule of thumb is to only put enough information about your qualifications in your resume in order to get the employer interested enough to contact you about an interview.

If the information doesn't highlight your qualifications, keep it out. Many people make the mistake of putting the word "Resume" on their resume. This isn't necessary, since the employer will only have to look at your resume to know what it is.

Personal Information

Any personal information should be left out also. For example:

  • Age
  • Race
  • Sex
  • Political Affiliation
  • Names and ages of children
  • Spouse's occupation
  • Any other personal information that is not relevant to your job qualifications
  • Salary History

    Never put your salary requirement or salary history on your job resume. The salary for the job you're seeking should be used as a negotiation tool. Salary discussions usually take place during the end of the job interview.

    High School Education

    If you have higher education, you don't have to include the high school you attended on your resume. Most employers assume you graduated from high school. If you just graduated from high school or you do not have higher education, then include the high school you graduated from.

    Work History

    If you have had several jobs during the course of 10 or more years, you don't have to include every job you ever held on your resume. It is best to go back no more than 10 to 15 years. Include the jobs that best demonstrate your skills and qualifications for the job you are seeking now. If you held jobs 20 or more years ago that enhance your qualifications, you can include those jobs on your resume as well.

    Remember, the employer is looking at your past performance in your previous jobs as an indicator of your future performance with their company. When writing your past work history, focus on your achievements. That's what the employer wants to see in your resume. Try to avoid including past jobs that are not useful in communicating your skills and achievements.

    References

    Do not include references on your resume. Add a line at the bottom of the resume stating, "References Available Upon Request". Bring your references with you to the job interview. You will also want to contact the people you are using as references so they know that they may be hearing from potential employers.

    To summarize, include only information that will communicate your skills, achievements and qualifications for the job you're seeking in your resume. Leave out personal information that is not necessary for the employer to know.

    The more focused your resume is, the more interested the employer will be in it and he/she will contact you for a job interview.

    Michelle Roebuck provides job interview tips and resume writing advice at her website http://www.job-interview-and-resume-tips.com

    Sign up for her free newsletter at http://www.job-interview-and-res ume-tips.com/newsletter.html

    In The News:


    America's Favorite Six-Figure Jobs
    24/7 Wall St.
    Chief executives, who serve as the highest level of management in an organization, are also among the most popular six-figure jobs. Managers often have years of experience in their field and can oversee other employees — from a small specialized team ...

    and more »

    The Sports-Related Jobs With The Strongest Growth
    Forbes
    Additionally, sports jobs have a strong “multiplier effect,” creating job growth in other fields beyond athletics. The report states that 100 new sports-related jobs in Pittsburgh have the ability to create $46.2 million in earnings for the city, as ...

    and more »

    BusinessNewsDaily

    The Best-Paying Jobs For Workers With High School Degrees
    Forbes
    A college degree has traditionally been stressed as the most direct path to a future that's financially secure, but many jobs open to workers with a high school diploma, particularly those requiring in-depth training or an apprenticeship, can also ...
    The 20 Highest-Paying Jobs That Don't Require A College DegreeBusiness Insider
    No high-paying jobs for high-school grads? Not soCBS News
    Best Paying Jobs for Workers With High School DegreesAOL Jobs
    BusinessNewsDaily
    all 19 news articles »

    Making connections for employment
    nwitimes.com
    The sixth annual FCC Job Opportunity Fair drew more than 70 companies, unions and agencies looking to make those connections with potential employees and to help job-seekers find training to further their careers. “We are serving the community, both in ...


    Community Newsletter: Speedway turns to Careers Industries for dedicated ...
    Journal Times
    Speedway is the nation's fourth largest company-owned-and-operated convenience store chain, and since 2009 most of its Racine and Kenosha locations have turned to Careers Industries' Partners in Employment division as a diverse source of paid interns ...


    What Labor's Win at Market Basket Means for Your Job Security
    TIME
    You don't often hear about it, but every day, in countless workplaces, people make difficult choices to do the right thing by standing up for co-workers—often at great risk to their careers. These workers are the true heroes of this and any other ...

    and more »

    Meramec Regional Job Fair being held September 10 at Knights Hall in Cuba
    Three Rivers Publishing
    Employers and job seekers have the opportunity to come together in Mid-September. Job seekers will be able to apply for a variety of year-round and seasonal jobs in one convenient location, while employers save time and money by contacting prospective ...


    Peterborough Telegraph

    Careers fair offers new hope to job-seekers
    Peterborough Telegraph
    Tackling Worklessness in Peterborough (TWIP) is hosting the Recruit 2014 jobs fair from 10am to 3pm on August 28. TWIP is a group which incorporates local training, employment and support organisations and is led by Cross Keys Homes housing ...


    3 Questions to Answer Before Quitting Your Job
    U.S. News & World Report (blog)
    Your employer will usually remember you as you were at the end of your employment – not as you were when you started. Ending a role with mediocre to poor performance may haunt you throughout your career. First, every time a new employer goes to check ...


    Your Kid's Summer Job Didn't Put Them On The Path To Success Like You ...
    Co.Exist
    As you might suspect, in an age of declining good blue-collar jobs and rising minimum wage service employment and when academic achievement and unpaid internships matter more than ever, that wisdom is no longer true. And now a new study confirms it: ...

    Google News

    Why Your CV/Resume is Not Generating The Interview Offers You Want

    If your current CV or resume is not generating the... Read More

    So, Your Made A Mistake

    Of course, mistakes are important. Two facts put those you... Read More

    How To Deal With A Difficult Boss

    Most people at some point in their lives have to... Read More

    How NOT to Write a Resume

    You can learn a lot about how to do something... Read More

    Taking Charge During An Interview!

    Perhaps you've found yourself in the position of seeking a... Read More

    Work Attitude Ethics For Progress

    This "fruit for thought" article is for all human beings,... Read More

    What Students and Parents MUST Know about Student Loans

    A student loan helps you get through college. Then you... Read More

    12 Steps to Targeting Success in Your Career or Job Search

    Is your job search sagging? Are you still looking for... Read More

    8 Steps to Getting On-Track When You Start a New Job

    Starting a new job can feel like moving to a... Read More

    Mystery Shopping

    Mystery shopping is an excellent way to make extra money.... Read More

    Ten Great Careers That Don?t Require A Four Year Degree

    One of the great myths associated with the "American Dream"... Read More

    Managing Emotions During Career Change and Job Search, Part One

    How can you manage your emotions during your career change... Read More

    Your Job Search Is A Marketing Campaign (Part 2)

    Here's a continuation of my article from a few months... Read More

    Dont Forget to Say, Thank You

    One of the biggest mistake for job seeks is to... Read More

    Nine Career Zappers

    Today, everyone is looking for the secret to business success.... Read More

    How To Start Your Own House Cleaning Business

    If you are thinking about starting your own house cleaning... Read More

    A Concept That Could Double Youre Income in Mystery Shopping

    Do you want to double, or increase significantly you're income... Read More

    Sweeping Up Worms

    With the opening of a new venture and numerous reporters... Read More

    Fuzzy Headed Job Goals Lead to a Fuzzy Headed Life!

    May I clarify in this article what I believe to... Read More

    College Labor is Available in Ohio

    Ohio has always been big on education and that means... Read More

    Closing the Gap on Your Career Goals

    If you still picture a steady progression up the ladder... Read More

    Job Search: The End of the Line

    There is an end to the job search tunnel!It has... Read More

    Ten Healthcare Fields That Cant Wait To Hire You

    Healthcare is one of the hottest career fields in America... Read More

    Occupational Health and Safety - Stress and Workaholism at Work

    There has been a lot of hullabaloo recently about the... Read More

    Thank-You Notes: Your Thoughtfulness will be Rewarded

    I get asked these questions over and over: "Should I... Read More