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15 Things Your Resume Must Not Have

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Effectiveness of your resume determines your chances of getting an interview call. And to secure your chances of marking a good impression with your resume, you first need to ensure that your resume is error free.

  1.  Don’t use colorful or glossy paper and flashy fonts: Usage of different paper size to pull the employer’s attention could be nice trick, but usage of bright colored or glossy papers gives an unprofessional impression.
  2. Avoid writing Resume or CV at the top: All current formats include it on the left hand side of the paper in vertical manner.
  3. Don’t paste photographs until asked: It will occupy unnecessary space, which you can otherwise utilize for highlighting more important points, and it may as well create unprofessional impression about you.
  4. Usage of ‘I’, ‘My’, ‘He’, ‘She’: Avoid using these and instead focus on usage of action verbs, which are more professional and impressive.
  5. Spelling mistakes and grammatical errors: Proof read your resume before sending it across to the recruiters for such mistakes as it creates a highly bad impression.
  6. Too much personal details: Give only the required and relevant personal details, as at this stage the priority of employers is to know your eligibility. Once you will be employed they will know about your personal details.
  7. Lies about your candidature: Don’t make false commitments or exaggerate your past performances and achievements.
  8. Family Details: Your family details are of least interest to the employers, so avoid including them in your resumes. It may irritate the recruiters. Moreover it’s unprofessional and unethical…
  9. Long paragraph descriptions of each job: Don’t write long stories about your job and responsibilities. Recruiters have limited time to spare on each resume, so prioritize your points. And don’t stretch your resume too long crossing 2 to 3 lines.
  10. Being too achievement specific you make be taken as exaggerating about yourself, so instead be balanced in your presentation.
  11. Abbreviations or jargon that is difficult to understand: Don’t use jargons in attempting at making false impression, keep your language clean, easy and comprehensible.
  12. Reasons for leaving last job: Avoid mentioning your reason to quit the previous job, as it may risk your interview call. It could be better discussed and explained during interview, if asked/needed.
  13. Past failures or health problems: While applying for a job are required to make a good impression and win over, as such you must not mention your past failures or your health impressions or other such irrelevant details.
  14. Current or expected salary: Don’t include your current CTC or what you expect in the resume. HRs generally ask to give those details separately, moreover it is not the appropriate platform and time for salary negotiations.
  15. References: Keep your references ready aside with you, but don’t include them in your resume as a part of it.


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