Leave these 10 things off your resume

Salary.com offered tips on 10 things to leave off your resume and cover letter:


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Physical characteristics. Please do not send in your head shot or details like your weight, height or hair color.
  5. 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.
  6. Private details. Leave off information about your family and personal life.
  7. 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.
  8. Unprofessional contact information. An e-mail address that reflects your name is best. Let your friends, not colleagues and potential employers, contact you at backstreetboyz4eva@yahoo.com.
  9. 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.
  10. 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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8 New Websites for Your Resume

Multiple experts predict the death of the resume in favor of the online profile in the near future. But on the flip side, resumes will always be needed at some point during the hiring process for official company records.

As a result, new websites are popping up to help you with both sides of the equation. (Three tools—RÉSUNATE, One-Page Proposal, and Hello There—were mentioned in a previous article, 11 New Websites for Your Job Search.)

Click here to read full article from U.S. News.

How to Write a Journalism Resume

There are many different formats you can use when writing a resume for a journalism job or journalism internship, but here are a few guidelines:

  • Keep it simple and brief – no more than one typed-page. Even journalists with 20+ years experience manage to keep their resume to one page, so there’s no reason a young journalists shouldn’t be able to do the same.
  • It should be informative, accurate and consistent in structure. Avoid gaudy resumes with unusual fonts or bright paper as they attract attention for the wrong reasons.
  • Include your name, address, cell phone number and e-mail address at the top, followed by a section that lays out your college and work/activities in reverse chronological order (so, most recent first), including dates. After your first year of college, leave off any high school experiences as they are usually no longer relevant.
  • It’s unnecessary to state an objective.
  • Include any special skills, such as multimedia or computer skills. If you speak a foreign language at least conversationally, list it as a skill. Many employers are keenly interested such skills.
  • At the bottom list your education, including your college, major, expected graduation date and G.P.A. (if it’s above 3.0). Many career services offices will tell you to put your education information at the top of your resume. But, in journalism, experience (including internships and student media) usually matters more.

[Taken from CubReporters.org Career Advice section. Click here to read the whole article.]