Over the years, I have gotten the opportunity to be on both sides of the interview desk. My experience extends to serving as the interviewer and gutting it out as the interviewee. I have seen lots and lots of resumes and some of the curious things that people put on them. Some of these things will definitely make you go “You Put WHAT on Your Resume??”.
Here are some of the resume delights that I have seen or heard about that you will definitely want to avoid putting on your resume.
1. Your Vital Stats- No need to advertise your height and weight on your resume (even if you look like a Supermodel). If a company has specific physical requirements for a job that would directly relate to your height or weight, those will be addressed directly by the company. An example of a job where physical characteristics may be a consideration is a job such as a flight attendant, or someone who must work in very confined spaces.
2. Your Headshot– Unless you are under consideration for casting for the next big Hollywood blockbuster, you need not include your glamour shot. TMI out of the gate. This is a resume for a job, not a dating service.
3. Gobs of Whiteout– Yes indeed. I have received those resumes with enough globs of white goo on them to build ski jumps. Makes the interviewer think that you do not care enough to spring for a clean sheet of paper. Also, crossing out words and sending in your resume that way is a real deal killer.
4. Handwritten or Resume in Crayon– Oh yes they did! Some people get the bright idea that cracking out the crayon box and going to town on a resume is going to wow the employer. More like make them erupt in giggles and shake his or her head as they put the resume in the trashcan.
5. Resumes on Strange Paper Products– Maybe writing your great ideas on the back of a napkin is fine, but not a resume. Also, the lid of a pizza box, a crumpled up piece of paper with a coffee stain on it, or neon glittery stationery with stickers is NOT cool!
6. E-mail Addresses That Scream I Do Not Like to Put in a Day’s Work– Allergictowork@lazy.net and Idratherbesleeping@snooze.com don’t exactly inspire confidence in the work ethic of the applicant.
7. The Names of Pets, Your Nicknames, or a List of Your Unique Hobbies– That is great that your cat’s name is Ms. Mess, that your friends call you Sweet Cheeks, and you are really into spear fishing and hot yoga. Unless it specifically pertains to the job your seeking, it is just awkward and potentially creepy!
Ok, you say. This is advice is great and all, but don’t most employers these days use online applications or electronic resume submission? For many of the major companies out there, that is correct. But for the hundreds of thousands of smaller businesses out there, many still want the good ole paper resume.
If you have your own interesting resume stories, I would love to hear them. Leave a comment below and share in the discussion.
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