Resume Tactics to Avoid


As you create your resume there are certain things you should make sure you do:

  • Use action verbs
  • Show real results (numbers, percentages, etc.)
  • Remember that it’s a sales too, not a history of all the jobs you’ve held.
  • And so on.

Below are some things you never should put on a resume as well as tactics that are best avoided.

  • Demand that certain requests be met, such as a certain amount of paid time off, tuition reimbursement, etc. before you’ll even consider working at a company.
  • A resume longer than two or, at the very most, three pages. One page is best.
  • Photos, especially of your family members and pets.
  • “Cute” e-mail addresses (examples: sexydancer@, dannylovesbeer@, even JohnSue1@). Instead, aim to have an email address that’s just your name: JaneSmith@, Jane.Smith@, SmithJane@, etc.).
  • Including references you know will give you a poor one (such as when you are fired from a position). Honesty is good, but be judicious when it comes to references. Call everyone you plan to list as a reference and ask them if they will give you a good reference. If a reference can’t give you a good one, don’t list it.
  • Don’t submit poetry, song lyrics, short stories, etc. (people have actually done this).
  • Don’t use the same resume for every job for which you apply. You should tailor your resume to each job, highlighting the skills you have that best fit each position’s requirements.
  • Don’t create your resume and send it without sending it to yourself first. How does it look when it arrives as a document? Does the formatting go all to pieces? Consider making it into a PDF.
  • Don’t forget to proofread it for typos and grammatical mistakes.
  • Don’t lie. Don’t exaggerate. Don’t create jobs, duties and skills you never had/don’t possess.

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