What NOT to Add to Your Resume: 2020 Edition

What NOT to Add to Your Resume: 2020 Edition

What NOT to Add to Your Resume: 2020 Edition // Having a good, clean resume can make a huge impact on your interview chances. However, I format every resume that the recruiter's at my day job send me, so I've seen some really terrible resumes. I'm here to share my wisdom with you all who are looking to change jobs, or just update our resume. Keep scrolling to read more.

It’s been a while since I’ve written something about resumes, but with the new year coming up, it’s a time where a lot of people might be rethinking their job opportunities.

Having a good, clean resume can make a huge impact on your interview chances. However, I format every resume that the recruiter’s at my day job send me, so I’ve seen some really terrible resumes. I’ve seen some that are almost unreadable because the formatting is so strange and it didn’t line up right for me. 

I’ve seen some horror movie level stuff. 

So I’m here to share my wisdom with you all who are looking to change jobs, or just update our resume. Keep scrolling to read more.

 


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References 

This is something I’ve been seeing more often now. People are throwing their references at the bottom of their resume. 

Or they’re putting something like “references available upon request”. I don’t know about you, but if a potential employer wants references, they’re going to ask for them regardless. It’s a useless statement. Everyone knows they’re available.

Having references on your resume just adds more space to file. That’s it. It’s pretty damn useless. You really shouldn’t be giving out your references before they’re asked for. It’s more like a on hunting faux pas. 

Related: 8 Things to Remember When Creating Your Resume

 

Recommendations 

This is also something I’ve been seeing more and more of. People are taking their LinkedIn recommendations and adding them to their resume. This might be useful in some fields, but I honestly wouldn’t know what. 

To me, adding a recommendation to a resume is just show boating. It says “look at how great I am! All these people think so!” and that radiates cockiness, not confidence.

So leave your recommendations on your LinkedIn profile where they belong, and skip adding that to your resume this year.

Related: The Ultimate Resume Survival Guide

 

Inspirational/Motivational Quotes 

This isn’t as common, but I have seen it on a few. 

I don’t understand the point, but it looks like people try to make their summary more… fancy? stand out-ish? I’m honestly not sure.

I hope I don’t have to get into more as to why you shouldn’t have a random motivational quote on your resume, but everything on your resume should be important enough to help you get a job. If it’s not, don’t put it.

Related: 5 Signs that It Might Be Time to Jump Ship to a New Job

 

Headshots and Photographs 

Some industries require a headshot, but that’s not what I’m talking about. 

If you have a resume for an IT, business, or even a graphic design job, you really shouldn’t be adding your headshot to your resume.

You never know how much harm a photo of yourself could cause. Even though discriminatory practices are illegal, they do still happen in certain situations. 

They also aren’t considered professional, at least in the United States. Especially since some of the “headshots” I’ve seen are clearly selfies from their car driver’s seat.

Related: 5 Things to Remember When Job Searching

 

2020 Edition (1)

 

TL;DR

Do NOT add these things to your resume:

  • References or “references available upon request”. Both are useless. If a company wants them they will ask for them
  • Recommendations. Please leave your recommendations to LinkedIn. It’s just a tacky way of bragging and it won’t look good.
  • Inspirational or motivational quotes. Leave them to your Instagram account with that cute photo of a kitten. Just… no.
  • Headshots or photographs. In the US, this is just a big no-no. It’s not considered professional and with the quality of photos I’ve seen, no one’s getting them professionally done.

 

Have you made any of these resume faux pas? What is your most hilarious resume or job searching story? Let me know in the comments!

 

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