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Ten Things Not to Say on Your Resume

If you are looking for a job or looking for advancement from your current job, your resume is your calling card. Without a professional, readable, well written resume, you are not likely to achieve either a new job or a better one. There are many things that go into the making of a good resume. There are just as many that should not go into your resume and it might be more important to your chances in respect to what is not in your resume rather than what is.

In that respect let’s take a look at some of those things that you should not say in your resume.

Ten Things Not to Say on Your Resume

1. “I was fired from that job.” Never, ever acknowledge on a resume that you were fired from any job. You will not get an interview if you do. Now if you are asked in the interview or on an application tell the truth. If you were let go say so and explain why in the best possible terms. If you cannot explain it to your benefit than tell the interviewer what you learned from the experience, what you have learned since and why that will never happen again.  Just do not offer this information on the resume. That section we used to require on resume called “Reason for leaving” is no longer something you need to or should include on your resume.

2. “I had to go on six month medical leave and I am still not feeling too well.” This might explain a gap in your resume, but it will not get you an interview. If you have to reveal this again try to do it in the interview or on the phone, not in the resume. In addition end your sentence after the word ‘leave’. Do not indicate that you are still ill. Two things will be planted in the hiring manager’s mind if they see this on a resume. One is that you will be missing substantial time from work and their health care cost could take a hit. You will be too big of a risk.

3. “I like to go have a good time with the guys on Friday night at the bar”. You might be wondering why this is an issue. Lots of folks like to have a beer with friends once in a while. The problem is your are telling your potential employer that you like to engage in potentially dangerous or troublesome behavior. This is unnecessary information and you want to keep all unnecessary personal information off the resume.

4. “I have been married 3 times and all of my husbands have been deadbeats.” Again this is unnecessary personal information and it makes you look as bad if not worse to the potential employer than the ex-husbands. They don’t care about your ex-husbands but they do care about your judgment and this information makes it look like you have very little.

5. “I had a paper route in grade school and sold Christmas cards during high school. I have a real entrepreneurial background.” Whether you are 35 years old or 21years old, this is irrelevant information. The hiring manager is not interested in what you did in grade school and high school beyond knowing that you had the initiative to earn money. The statement about being an entrepreneur actually makes you look a little foolish.

6. “I am a strong conservative and I am not afraid to talk about politics.” It is never ok to discuss politics, religion or other personal beliefs on the resume. In addition the second half of this statement could indicate to the hiring manager that you are a potential ‘hot head’. He has hundreds of resumes. Why take the chance that you would cause problems?

7. “I expect to be paid more than the average because I am better than average at the job” These statements may be true and you may have the information and achievements in your resume to back it up. However it is poor form to talk about salary requirements in the resume. You don’t even talk about them in the interview unless the company brings it up. Wait for an offer and then you will have something to negotiate.

8. “My current employer’s top clients are willing to follow me to your firm.” You might be thinking what could possibly be wrong with this sentence. Quite simply it is about loyalty and integrity. If you are willing to take clients from your current employer, why wouldn’t you do the same from me if I hire you?

9. “My email address is” Again you are giving a very poor impression with this email address. If I think you are going to party all the time, I may decide you are not worth the risk and you will never get an interview with me.

10. “I missed three months from this job because I was incarcerated for DWI.” This one is similar to #9 but it holds two problems for a hiring manager. First you were incarcerated and missed a lot of work. Second you were drinking while driving. As a hiring manager I would never trust your judgment. On the other hand if you are asked on an application or in the interview if you have ever been arrested and/or jailed, you must answer honestly and take the consequences. Again turn it your way by explaining what you learned from it.

By now you are laughing and saying what kind of person would put these things on their resume? Believe me, over the course of the past 30 years as a hiring manager, I have seen every one of these statements on resumes. However if you want an interview avoid these missteps on the resume.