This next tip is isn’t a “don’t include”, it is how it should be included that is the important part.

4.  General descriptions about your duties without saying how you actually added value. It is not enough to say “I did this”, you need to explain how you achieved the positive end result. In a nut shell, employers aren’t interested in seeing your job description, what they are interested in is how you utilised your skills to achieve real results. At each position you have held try to quantify your achievements, and even using percentages you either saved or made for example, so the reader can see at a glance, what you have accomplished. In short, showcase your accomplishments in your resume and not just a list of tasks. When explaining your accomplishments use action words such as established, surpassed, created for example.

5.  The next 4 things absolutely should not be anywhere on your resume (date of birth, sex or religion or marital status). The employer is only interested in whether you can do the job effectively and efficiently and has nothing to do with the former.

6.  Your hobbies and interests. Employers are really not concerned whether you enjoy hanging out with friends and can cook a mean barbeque, or whether you are really good at egg and spoon races for example, they are only interested in whether you can do the job, how well you can do it, and what value you will bring to the business. Your hobbies and interests does not add value to your resume, so best leave it off.  

7.  Irrelevant experiences, especially those from long ago. Recruiters want to spend their time on your most significant experiences and skills in each job, be sure to make sure these are current and relevant to the job you are going for. You want to show skills and attributes you use, not a skill that you haven’t used in over 10 years for example.

Content: Mercedes Wilson (The Resume Creative)