20 Things That Shouldn’t Be On Your Resume

Have you tried to write a resume, but struggled with what information to put on it? Your resume is among the first things a recruiter sees when you apply for a job. That’s why it’s important to get it right. However, there are certain things that shouldn’t be on a resume. So here is a list of 20 things that shouldn’t be on your resume.

Have you ever struggled with what to put on your resume? We get it! So here's a list of 20 things that shouldn't be on your resume.
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20 Things that Shouldn’t be on Your Resume

  1. Hobbies
  2. Personal interests
  3. Spelling mistakes
  4. Grammatical errors
  5. Walls of text 
  6. Too much information without bullets points
  7. Descriptions of soft skills 
  8. Fancy fonts
  9. Vague descriptions of your previous work experiences
  10. Fancy colors and styles
  11. Company jargon 
  12. Tiny fonts
  13. Unprofessional e-mail address
  14. Links to private social media profiles 
  15. Personal information regarding, sexual orientation, marital status, or religious beliefs
  16. Charts
  17. Images other than your profile picture (if required by custom)
  18. References
  19. Multiple columns on one page
  20. The personal pronoun “I”

There you have it, a useful list of things you might want to reconsider before putting them on your resume. Of course, it also depends on the context in some cases. For example, did you know that putting a profile picture on your resume is highly common in Germany, but no in the US or UK? 

Writing resumes can be very daunting, so if you need support, don’t hesitate to message us! 

Until then, make sure to check out our other posts, here

If you have any more no-go’s to add, let us know in the comments below!

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