What NOT to include on your resume | Noteworthy Resume & Career Services, LLC

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Since a resume is not an affidavit, you don’t have to include every aspect of your career or every job you’ve held, particularly if you have a career spanning 20 or more years. For many positions, focusing on the last 10 years and emphasizing relevant/related information is enough. As you target more responsible, higher paying positions, however, more background is needed to establish credibility and proven performance.

1) Your street address (don’t make identity theft easy).

2) Reason(s) for termination or voluntary separation. 

3) Employers’ street addresses.

4) Lower-level or irrelevant job duties and/or early career internships.

5) Service or volunteer experience from years ago that was brief in nature and/or was in another state.

6) Any information that makes you look like you might be a legal liability or challenging/difficult to work with.

7) Goofy or suggestive email addresses; this also includes using one that belongs to a spouse or your entire family. If you name has changed due to marriage, your email address should reflect your married name.

8) Professional license numbers (revisit No. 1 above).

9) “References available upon request” / actual references.

10) Early work experience that has nothing to do with your targeted career goal.

11) Irrelevant education. If you want to be a mechanical engineer, then your AA degree in art history is likely not relevant. Why confuse the reader? 

12) Your entire work history unless you are at the executive level and must establish credibility over time.