What Not to Put on Your Resume
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 Salary.com.
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.)