5 Items to NEVER Put in Your Resume
"5 Items to NEVER Put in Your Resume
We've all read articles about what to put in your resume, but not about things you should NEVER put in your resume. So, double check that resume of yours and remove any of the following from our list of 5 items to NEVER include in your resume. While many of these item may be harmless in reality, if they are posted to the Internet and fall into the wrong hands they could be devastating to your life!
1. NEVER PUT YOUR REFERENCES IN YOUR RESUME.
Instead, try something like "Professional References Available Upon Request." References are very valuable to you during your job search, and you don't want an HR dept calling them even before they have called you!!
2. NEVER SHOULD YOUR RESUME CONTAIN A PHOTOGRAPH.
The Internet and e-mailed resumes makes it very easy to now include your picture with your resume. DON'T!! Companies legally cannot consider your picture in determining if you are to be interviewed, or hired. This would be a violation of most EOE laws. Many companies won't even consider resumes that are submitted with a picture to ensure that they are in compliance with EOE.
3. NEVER PUT YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER IN YOUR RESUME.
You wouldn't put your credit card number on your resume right? Why? Because you'd be afraid someone might steal it. Putting your SSN on your resume is like inviting someone to take your identity. If you put your SSN on your resume a person can use that number, and your name and address and phone number (of course already on your resume) to open bank accounts, get credit cards in your name - and more.
4. NEVER PUT YOUR HEIGHT, WEIGHT, MARITAL STATUS, RELIGION ETC. IN YOUR RESUME.
As with photographs, these items may allow an interviewer to pre-determine your fate. Interviewers who see these items may subconsciously discriminate against you without them or you even knowing it.
5. NEVER PUT YOUR KIDS' NAMES AND AGES IN YOUR RESUME.
Nobody is going to hire you because you have children, so leave that information off your resume. Again with this information on the Internet, with your address and phone number listed as well, if it falls into the wrong hands you could be jeopardizing the safety and well-being of your children.
While there are more do's and don'ts about resume writing, these few tips should provide some guidelines for making your resume posting online experience safer and more productive."
<Note from JobFairy.com: Excellent advice. If you follow the template exactly, though, you won't have the opportunity to make these mistakes.>