Never Include These 13 Things on Your Resume


Hiring managers only spend six seconds on the first review of your resume before deciding if it (and you) is worth a closer look. 

If you want your resume to strengthen your candidacy, rather than getting you canned, ensure that it is free of these 13 things that will spell disaster for your hireability:

1. Your Face

Unless you work in the entertainment industry, don’t include a photo of yourself on your resume. Save the headshot for Instagram or a gift for Mom.

2. An Inappropriate Email Address

Hey there, sexxxysassy_blond! If you’re seeking gainful employment from a boss that isn’t under police surveillance, we suggest you open a new, appropriate, free email account from Google or Outlook for professional correspondence.

3. An Outlandish Objective

Your resume’s objective statement is not the place for you to wax poetic about how you’re going to become the next Oprah Winfrey. In fact, U.S. News & World Report says to get rid of your resume’s objective statement altogether.

4. Personal Details

Scrub your resume of personal, and often controversial, details like your political party or religious affiliation. And speaking of personal…

Don’t let your personal hang-ups about a past job filter into your resume. Stick to objectively describing your past employment history and responsibilities and vent your frustrations to your therapist, partner, or private journal.


5. Distracting Fonts

A resume can be used to display your creativity, but there’s a fine line between visually engaging and distracting. Refrain from crossing this line by reining in the size and style of your resume’s fonts.

6. Double Spaces After a Period

This outdated practice unfairly ages you and suggests you aren’t up to speed on modern professional culture.

7. Texting Lingo

Keep your resume’s language professional by removing slang, shorthand, and text speak. Kthnxbye.

8. Emojis

A potential employer wants you to be enthusiastic about applying to their vacancy, but expressing your excitement via emojis on your resume will fast track you to the Rejected pile.


9. Fluff

We’re not talking the marshmallow goop sold in a jar (although, you definitely shouldn’t put that stuff on your resume either). We’re talking empty buzzwords aimed at propping up your hireability.

Replace resume fluff with accounts of your professional achievements and awards. Remember to show, not tell, an employer what you’re bringing to the table.

10. Irrelevant Work Experience

Tailor your work history to the job you want. Let’s say you’re a recent college grad applying to a virtual graphic design job. Your high school stint as a fast food cashier isn’t relevant to your graphic design goals, but this experience would be beneficial to list on a resume for a customer service representative.

11. A Trip Down Memory Lane

Just as it’s crucial to include only relevant work experience in relation to the position to which you are applying, it’s also important to focus the majority of your resume’s work history real estate on your most recent employment experience. Otherwise, your employer could wonder what you have to hide.

12. Your Hobbies

Are you making a resume or an eHarmony profile? Because if you want a long-term relationship with an employer, skip this immaterial resume add-on. Hiring managers care about your hobbies as much as Condescending Wonka would.


13. “References Available Upon Request”

Proactively include a References attachment page with your resume or wait for your employer to request your list of references. Either way, leave this cliche line far from your resume.

What other resume don’t would you add to this list? Share your answer when you connect with Virtual Vocations on FacebookTwitter, Google+, and Pinterest. We’d love to hear from you! 

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Kimberly Back is the Content Division Manager at Virtual Vocations. Prior to beginning work with Virtual Vocations in 2012, Kimberly was a subscriber and advocate of Virtual Vocations' services. She has exclusively worked from home since 2009.