Space is at a premium when writing your resume, so make room for the things you want a hiring manager to know about you by prioritizing items that can improve your chances of getting hired. By leaving off the things that hiring managers don’t need to know, your resume should present you as a compelling applicant.

Make sure your resume doesn’t include any of these unnecessary or controversial elements to give yourself the best chance of being invited for an interview:

1. Too much information

Focus on the skills you have that make you a good candidate for the role you want.

2. A solid wall of text

In addition to keeping information minimal, you’ll also need to organize it well to ensure readability.

3. Spelling mistakes and grammatical errors

Ask another person to read through your resume to catch any mistakes you might have overlooked. Utilize spelling and grammar check functions as well.

4. Inaccuracies about your qualifications or experience

Top among the things NOT to put on your resume are dishonest statements.

5. Unnecessary personal information

Your resume is a place to showcase the achievements that make you a great employee, so stick to the information that’s most relevant to the job. 

6. Your age

Although hiring managers do their best not to form preconceptions of applicants, it’s much better not to provide any information that could work against you.

7. Negative comments about a former employer

When writing your resume, omit details about why you left a job or, if still employed, why you’re dissatisfied with your current position.

8. Too many details about your hobbies and interests

Even the most relevant hobbies or interests should only make up a couple of lines of your resume and you should avoid including anything that might undermine your application. 

9. Passive language

Your career isn’t something that just happened to you, so use action words and take credit for making it happen.

10. Tiny text

You want your resume to be easy to read to encourage a recruiter to read as much as possible.

11. Miscellaneous extra content

Your resume should focus on what you can bring to an employer, so you can also leave out anything that doesn’t contribute to that, including photographs, current salary, first-person language, etc.

When writing your resume, consider what will stand out to a recruiter who might read hundreds of them in a day. A well-written resume makes it easy for them to see what you could bring to the role, so focus on the areas where you excel and use them to your advantage.

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