Your curriculum vitae or CV, as it is popularly known, is the most important tool when you are hunting for a job and therefore, it goes without saying that it needs to be perfect. But in an ardent desire to create a perfect resume that makes a lasting impression, one does go over board and commits mistakes. It may result in facing job rejections in spite of having all the required skill sets.
A fresher’s resume is bound to have a couple of mistakes because they are new to the corporate world. But when professionals commit spelling mistakes or overstate credential, it is a definite put off. Another problem is that not many spend much time proofing the resume and in haste mistakes like mentioning references, pasting photographs etc.
Here are resume etiquettes that one needs to follow and there is a strict category of information that is best left out of the resume. Here is the list of the most important ones that should never find mention in your most important corporate identity.
Job experience that is unrelated to the position you are applying or only adds to the clutter on your resume and irritates the HR department. There are other ways to prove your people skills, so stick with the jobs and internship that are most relevant. In short do not mention irrelevant job experience.
While some employers like to see that interviewees are active in the community or have won nonprofessional awards, no one really wants to know that you love surfing the television or have an avid interest in gardening,
This is an absolute no when not asked for. However, keep in mind that if you are applying for jobs overseas photographs may be the norm on resumes.
Physical characteristics: Just as you should never submit a photograph along with your resume, it’s also best to leave out your physical characteristics such as your height, weight etc in writing. This may even lead to you being discriminated against.
Discussing religion in the workplace is an absolutely unnecessary, including your religion or the fact that you are an atheist on a resume is irrelevant to the job, less you are applying for a job at a religious institution.
If you and your doctor feel that your health is adequate enough to complete your job duties as expected, your heath issues are nobody else’s business. If you have some impairment that may hamper your performance, talk about it on a one-to-one basis.
Information about your family members: Whether or not you are married or have children does not belong on a resume. Some employers basically assume that a parent of a small child will be unavailable to work odd hours, but you should be the one to make that call, not them.
Although most consultants ask candidates to send in their salary requests when they apply for a job, it’s best not to mention your expectation in writing. You never know what kind of negotiations can arise in the person-to-person interview, so keep your options open and avoid making blanket statements.
If you turn your resume into a ranting session about why you quit the last Job, you are staring off on the wrong foot. During an interview the HR manager will most likely ask you why you left your last job, but you can use this challenge to remain positive. Explain that you wanted to work with a company that promoted more mobility within the business weren’t adequately utilized at your last job.
Bad grammar is an absolute no on a resume. It shows that you are lazy, uneducated and don’t care enough about the job to pay attention to detail. Even if you think you have great grammar skills, it’s best to let someone else to proof read your resume.
When creating a resume, it’s generally best to leave out personal information and attributes that could be irrelevant. Ask someone you trust to edit your resume for grammar mistakes, typographical errors and formatting discrepancies to make sure the HR department can focus on your skills and experiences and not you carelessness.