What to Put on a Resume and What Not to Put on It


If you’ve learned the basic formats of resume, you may still be puzzled what exact items you should include in it. The best solution in this problem is to list all the information you want to let your employer know and all the things that this company need to know. You could start on the basics like your contact info and e-mail address, then down to your personal attributes and character references.

Basically, all resumes contain the following: personal and contact information, objective/s, work history (if there are any), and educational background. Now, we can do nothing with the personal info and background, but the idea here is stating your objectives and job descriptions in a strong manner, never settling for generalized (and boring) depictions. Express your personal attributes specifically and support them with a bit of background.

On the other hand, while there is a long list of things you could feature in your application, there are also things you must not put on a resume, sort of turn-offs to employers that you need to avoid mentioning if it is not required from you. When you make one,

Do write:             Specific objectives, strong verbs, and exact figures if there are

Do not write:     Very long descriptions and overlooked grammatical and spelling errors

Why:                     Objectives are being carefully read by some human resource personnel. If you haven’t minded writing a good one, chances are, they may not be convinced enough that you have the qualities and experiences that they are looking for. Much more, both grammatical and typographical errors might indicate that you are not paying much attention to details and that it might cause problems if you’ll be assigned to do the job.

Do tell:                  Detailed job descriptions, achievements, and trainings

Do not tell:          Irrelevant work experiences and hobbies

Why:                     Yes, telling what you have achieved in the line of work you’re applying will give an idea how much fit are you for the post. But never overdo this with unnecessary details like your salary from past employers or your unbeatable record in a hotdog eating contest. You’re writing an advertisement for yourself, not composing an autobiography.

Do mention:       Your academic background and affiliations

Do not mention: Personal details, Political, and Religious Views

Why:                     While your good academic records will greatly contribute in making you land the job, shouting out your beliefs and personal facts should never have a place in your resume. It is best to let the employers evaluate you in peace, without getting tangled in pesky discrimination issues.

Do reveal:           Your relevant skills and interests

Do not reveal:   Your references

Why:     The company wants to evaluate their applicants in their most objective manner. If you will win the post, this should be for the reason that you deserve it. The safest way to avoid bias and turn-off from the employers is to put on the last part of your resume that your references are available upon their request. Always make sure that what you put on a resume reflect an air of professionalism, and this will surely bring out your maximum potential as a prospective employee.

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