What NOT to Include on Your Resume

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When updating your resume, it’s important to include the right information and omit certain details. Here are some things you should consider excluding from your resume:

1. Objective Statement

Replace this section with a career summary that explains why you are a good fit for the job and highlights your relevant qualifications and achievements.’

2. Your Address

Avoid including your home address as it takes up space and can pose a security risk. Instead, include your city and state (zip code is optional).

3. Inappropriate or Work Emails

Use a professional email address that incorporates your name and a few numbers. Avoid using work emails or unprofessional-sounding email addresses.

4. High School

Only include degrees and professional certifications on your resume. Omit high school education.

5. Old and Irrelevant Jobs

Exclude jobs older than 10-15 years that are not related to the job you are applying for. If older jobs are important, focus on their larger goals and accomplishments rather than day-to-day tasks.

6. Social Media

Unless relevant to the job, only include your LinkedIn profile. Avoid adding other social media handles unless they are professional or portfolio-related.

7. Personal Interests and Hobbies

Unless directly relevant to the job, it’s best to exclude personal interests and hobbies from your resume.

8. References

Omit references from your resume. It’s unnecessary to write “references available upon request” as it’s assumed that if a company asks for references during the interview process you will be able to produce them quickly.


By making these adjustments, you can present a more focused and relevant resume to potential employers. If you’re just starting your job search, feel free to check out our current open positions!