The One Thing You Should “Never” Put on Your Resume
Never put this on your resume: Something an online article told you to put on your resume–unless you’ve thought it through first.
The same goes for leaving something off your resume.
There is a proliferation of “Top-5-Things” kinds of articles which are great for generating traffic, but not so good at discussing important nuances. Many articles about resume writing are saying things like:
“Don’t list ‘knowledge of Spanish.’ Either you know it or you don’t.”
“Leave off outdated items like the Y2K bug issue you solved.”
“There’s no need to tell everyone that you volunteer at an animal shelter. It will not win you any favors in the HR office.”
While I agree with the sentiment of these articles–include only the most relevant information on your resume–I disagree with their sweeping assessments of what the most relevant things may or may not be.
If you’re a return-to-work parent, the award you got for solving the Y2K problem might be a needed feather in your cap. Just be smart. Switch out Y2K for “massive system-wide bug that put $2M revenue stream at risk” or something. Can a savvy hiring manager see through this? Perhaps. But at least they’ll see that you are smart enough to know it’s outdated and that you know how to make the most out of what you’ve got.
Why not put that you volunteer with animals? It just takes up one line, makes you human, and offers an entry-point for small talk. We all know, small talk = connection = opportunity.
Hiring decisions, like all buying decisions, are emotional. That means that there can be no comprehensive list of what should or should not ever appear on a resume. Each case is different. Look at your resume with your goal in mind and make good decisions. Or, better yet, get help from an experienced professional whose primary credentials should be the results their clients are seeing in the real world.
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