25 things to never put on your résumé

The résumé is a two-page marketing pitch document. The purpose: To get you an interview. 

And no, the résumé is not to get you a job; it’s the job interview that is meant to provide you with a job opportunity and offer.


The CV is a long-many-page document that I call the Career Balance Sheet. It’s a document you keep for yourself, and from which you copy the relevant information and paste on to a two-page résumé. That way, the résumé becomes a summary of your CV.


Like anything else in our daily lives, fashion keeps changing. Look back 10 or 20 years and notice how cars, buildings, clothing, hairstyle, and so on, looked like. Even the once-popular font Times New Roman is out.


The Business Insider published a great article on what the modern résumé looks like; and more importantly, what you definitely do not include. For the detailed version of the article, click the link at the end of this story.


25 things to never put on your résumé

  1. Don’t put an “objective” on your résumé.
  2. Leave irrelevant work experience out.
  3. Don’t put your hobbies on your résumé.
  4. Don’t lie.
  5. Putting your age on your résumé could be a hindrance.
  6. Don’t disclose upcoming vacations on a résumé.
  7. Remove inconsistent formatting.
  8. Don’t use ‘I’.
  9. Refrain from using the present tense to talk about a past job.
  10. Don’t use a less-than-professional email address.
  11. You don’t need to put “Phone” before showing your mobile/cell number.
  12. Your résumé is not the place for headers, footers, tables, images, or charts.
  13. Don’t include your boss’ name on your résumé.
  14. Leave out company-specific jargon and other buzzwords.
  15. Social-media handles that are not related to the targeted position should be kept off your résumé.
  16. You don’t need to show more than 15 years of detailed experience.
  17. The résumé is not the place to disclose salary information.
  18. Don’t use an old-fashioned font.
  19. Don’t reveal your reasons for leaving your company.
  20. You don’t need to include an explanation of why you want the job.
  21. Keep photos of yourself off your résumé.
  22. The résumé is the place for facts, not opinions.
  23. Don’t include short-term employment.
  24. Remove any unnecessarily fancy job titles.
  25. Delete your laundry list of daily tasks.

Every job application starts with a résumé.

Hiring managers gather résumés to determine when to interview promising candidates — and many use robots to eliminate bad ones before it even reaches a human.

If you want to pass that test, you need to have the perfect résumé to highlight your qualifications.

Here are 25 things you should never include on your résumé.

Jacquelyn Smith, Vivian Giang, and Natalie Walters contributed to earlier versions of this article.

via Never put these things on your résumé – Business Insider

Tom Sorensen

Tom Sorensen is an executive search veteran with over 25 years of experience recruiting in Asia, Europe, and Africa. He has worked in executive search in Thailand since 2003 and is recognized as one of the country’s top recruiters and most profiled headhunters.
25 things to never put on your résumé