Your resume is the first thing a prospective employer will see. It should always contain positive information. The problem is that too many people just include too much information on a resume. Here are some mistakes you will want to avoid according to

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We will just go down the list of what not to include. Pass this along to any job seekers who might need a little help.

  • Weird Hobbies ... collecting human skulls, attending star treck conventions dressed as Dr. Spock and other weird hobbies have no place on your resume (unless you are applying for a job at a museum or a role in an upcoming Star Trek movie.)
  • Your Private Business. Your marital status, religious affiliation, sexual orientation or the fact that one of your toes is abnormally long does not belong on the resume.
  • Big vocabulary words .... they don't impress anyone.
  • Sensitive identifying information. Don't give them your social security number or age or anything else before you get the job. You never know where this information may end up.
  • Attention Getting Tactics. For years I tried to get a job in Houston by sending my audition tape on top of a giant cookie. It never helped. Neither will a resume on colored paper, weird fonts or decorations. Keep it simple and professional.
  • Wild career objectives. Don't apply for a job as a runner and say that you plan to become the CEO. The CEO will not be scared and the human resources department will not treat you like their future boss.
  • Irrelevant job experience. You high school babysitting, dog walking, lawn mowing experience will not impress. Stick to the experiences that qualify you for the job.
  • Unprofessional-sounding email addresses. I have personally received job applications from some very funky email addresses and it always makes me wonder about the persons character (not that it matters a lot in radio.) If you are still rocking your "sexylady69@gmail" address from junior college ... it might be time to get a more professional email address (unless you are applying for a job at the hotel next to our studios.)