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Things To Consider Leaving Off Your Resume 

There are some things that are obvious that you should leave off of your resume, but other things may not be so obvious. Trends in resume creation have changed over the years and it is a must for job seekers to keep up with evolving trends. Here is a look at some of the items you should consider leaving off your resume:


  • Employer contact information.  Be sure to leave off your work phone number and email on your resume and only use your personal phone number and email.  There is nothing worse than being caught by the boss for looking for another job while you are still at your current place of employment.

  • Short term jobs.  It is ok to list short term jobs if they pertain to the job you are currently applying for, but listing every side or temp job you have had is not necessary.
  • Social media.  Social media is literally everywhere and just about everyone has some type of social media account. A link to your LinkedIn profile is accepted on a resume, but a link to your personal Facebook account is not often favored on a resume.
  • Employment Gaps.  Employment gaps can be explained in an interview.  For example, if you took time off to take care of family or travel, then you can explain the circumstances in person and not on your resume.
  • Objective.  Trends have changed over the years and one of those trends is listing an objective on your resume. Some career experts say it is unnecessary to list an objective, but others tend to see the objective as something that is still necessary. Keep your objective clear, short, and to the point.  An objective still has its place on a resume, but it must be done right.




1. Foss, Jenny. “7 Things To Remove From Your Resume.” The Muse. Web. Date of Access: 20 Apr 2014.

2.  Anglesey, Leslie. “Things You Should Leave Off Your Resume.” AOL Jobs. Date of Access: 20 Apr 2014.

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