Having a distinctive résumé is the first step to reach your dream job. If it doesn’t stand out, you won’t even get a chance to meet your potential employer and let her know why you’re the right fit for the job.
Here are some of the things that you should NOT include in your résumé;
1. Average or Below Average GPA
Unless you’re required by the company to mention it, there is absolutely no reason to insert your GPA. Only a few companies put a great deal of weight on GPA when making hiring decisions.
2. Middle & High School Details
Keep any mention of high school off your résumé. If it’s been more than a few years past your high-school graduation, employers don’t care which high school you attended or how accomplished you were there. They would rather be interested in any vocational training you may have.
Your appearance has nothing to do with your ability to do the job, unless you’re applying for a job as an actor or a model. Companies cannot legally consider your photo in determining whether or not you’re qualified for the position, thus most of the companies instantly discard résumés with photos.
4. Series of Brief Jobs
It’s not a good idea to include a series of short-term jobs to your résumé. They immediately raise red flags for hiring managers, who will wonder if you were incompetent or fired or didn’t get along with co-workers. One exception can be if the job was designed that way, like a contract work, for which you’ll have an explanation that doesn’t reflect poorly on you.
5. Objective Statement
Objective statements feel outdated at this point. They are all about what you want, when in fact, the hiring process is all about what the employer wants. Your résumé should be reflecting upon your skills, accomplishments and experience only. If you want to talk about how this particular position is the perfect step in your career, use the cover letter for that.
6. Obvious Skills
Try to take out the common skills like ‘proficiency in MS Word’ from your résumé and substitute them with fewer common skills.
Take out your interests (especially traveling, writing, reading, etc.) from the résumé, keep it professional! Such résumés are automatically sent to NO pile.
8. Extra Pages
The general rule of thumb with résumés is to keep it to a page. Two pages should be the maximum amount of pages you should have, and it should only be that length when you're applying for very senior-level positions. Hiring managers may spend only 20 or 30 seconds on your application initially, so extra pages are either ignored, or they dilute the impact of the others. Your résumé should be for highlights, not extensive detail.