What NOT to Include on Your Résumé

Meghan Rooney
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Elle Decoration

If you're currently job hunting, your résumé is likely stacked against some serious competition—that is, according to CareerBuilder.com, which revealed that managers receive an average of 75 résumés per position posted on their site. That said, you'll want your one-pager to stand out immediately (the same study suggests it only gets a six-second glance), and for the right reasons. You're probably aware of the basic expectations that should be included, but Business Insider recently released the 30 things that don't belong on your résumé, and we're pointing out a few you might not know about below.

References. You don't need to volunteer this information off the bat, and it's better to be able to give the people you're listing a heads up (i.e. what/what not to say) before a potential employer reaches out. If your perspective job requires references, they'll ask, but no need to offer them up right away on your résumé.

Mixed formats. Remember the six seconds we mentioned above? You'll want your resume to have a clean consistent format so it's pleasing to the eye at a glance. If the page looks cluttered or if the formatting makes it difficult to read, it will distract from the important info that should catch their attention.

Present tense for the past. Always use past tense for a past job. The only time to use present tense is to describe the positions you're holding currently. This seems obvious but is often overlooked as it's being updated.

An unprofessional email address. We can all own up to having at least one embarrassing email address from the past (sumrlovinxo, anyone?). Don't let it haunt you. Be sure you've updated your email address for professional purposes before listing it on your résumé. It's helpful to have your email resemble your name so it's not mistaken for spam.

Unnecessary URLs. Unless otherwise requested, your résumé should not be diluted by personal social media handles or any other URLs that have nothing to do with the position for which you're applying. Sharing your LinkedIn contact info is acceptable but keep Instagram, Pinterest, and the like off of your official résumé to save space for other valuable info.

Buttering up with buzzwords. Maybe you happen to be a motivated go-getter, but filling your résumé with this type of buzzy terminology doesn't sound sincere and will make it look as though you copied and pasted it straight off the Internet. 

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