Salary.com offered tips on 10 things to leave off your resume and cover letter:
- An outlandish, overconfident or “out there” objective statement. It’s great to appear ambitious, but don’t write that your goal is to steal your potential employer’s job.
- Irrelevant job experience. If you’re applying for a position as a copy writer, experience cashiering at a grocery store will most likely not help you land the job.
- Irrelevant achievements and awards. If you’ve won a public relations award, it may be appropriate to include it in your cover letter. But if the achievement doesn’t directly relate to the job you’re applying for, leave it out.
- Physical characteristics. Please do not send in your head shot or details like your weight, height or hair color.
- Irrelevant hobbies. If a hobby of yours is blogging, including that information may be a great way to show you’re interested in your field. However, writing that you love quilting or are on the top of the Rock Band leader boards will look strange if you’re applying for a communications position at an insurance company.
- Private details. Leave off information about your family and personal life.
- Bad grammar and big words. Industry speak is OK, but don’t constantly consult the thesaurus to try and make yourself look more intelligent by using big words.
- Unprofessional contact information. An e-mail address that reflects your name is best. Let your friends, not colleagues and potential employers, contact you at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Sensitive personal information. While your social security number may be necessary on a formal job application, do not include it on your resume or cover letter.
- Attention-getting tactics: Elle Woods’ actions made it clear that pink, scented resume paper is not professional.
The bottom line is that you need to stay on target and on message while writing your cover letter and resume. If you’re wondering if a specific piece of information should be included in your resume, e-mail the Journalism Department’s Placement Officer.
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