10 things You should Not put on your resume

10 things You should Not put on your resume

A resume is probably one of the most important documents you will ever create. And for this reason, many hire a professional to do the work for them. But if you prefer to create your own resume, there are definite do’s and don’ts.15 Free Creative Resume Templates for Photoshop and Illustrator 15 Free Creative Resume Templates for Photoshop and IllustratorA stunning application can be the first step in landing your dream job. We have compiled the best free professional resume templates for Photoshop and Illustrator. Some packages include cover letter and business card templates.

As a former department manager, I had my share of resumes for possible employees cross my desk. And to be honest, some of them simply made me scratch my head. One could have turned out to be a star employee, but due to the issues with their resume, they never had the chance. Remember, a resume is the first glimpse of you that a potential employer sees.

When you work on your resume, the do’s are pretty obvious. You want to include education, relevant experience, and certifications. What is not obvious are the don’ts with resume creation that I have seen many times. For that reason, we are here to help. This list of items should not be included on your resume and we will tell you why.

1. Objective or Summary

While back in the day, an objective or summary at the top of your resume was the norm, it isn’t anymore. If you are applying for a position, your potential employer already knows that you want the job — and most often they will skip right over your objective.

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The only time that you may want to include a summary is if you are entering a completely new industry. For instance, if you have worked in hospitality for years, recently obtained a degree, and are now seeking a career in technology, a brief summary is acceptable.How to Prepare Yourself for a Programming Interview How to Prepare Yourself for a Programming InterviewThe best advice for programming interviews. Any interview can be daunting. Do you know enough to pass? Will your solutions be good enough? What if you choke? Apply these five tips.

2. Irrelevant or Ancient Job Experience

Time gaps on a resume can often raise a red flag to employers. However, you do not have to list every job you have had from the time you were 16 years old, unless, of course, you are now 18. So what do you do if you have been in the workforce for decades?


“In general, your most recent jobs are more important in your resume than your long-ago jobs are.

If you can fit your most recent six jobs on your two-page resume, then your seventh-most-recent and earlier jobs will drop off.”

The article also suggests that if you feel that an ancient experience is essential to your resume, simply include the job title. Just be sure to ask yourself if it is relevant to the position you are seeking now.

3. Photographs or Pictures

If the position you are applying for is a modeling job, then a photograph is likely expected. But for other types of jobs, your resume needs to highlight pertinent skills and experience, not your looks.

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In addition to eliminating photographs from your resume, you should avoid other pictures as well. You may think it enhances your resume to have a professional-looking, industry-related symbol at the top. However, this is a mistake. Keep your resume clean and save your photos and designs for your portfolio.

4. Hobbies or Interests

You may love to spend your free time golfing, fishing, playing sports, or reading books, but does it matter to a potential employer? If the position you are applying for has something to do with one of your hobbies or interests, then including it could help. If not, leave it off.

“Nobody cares.

If it’s not relevant to the job you’re applying for, it’s a waste of space and a waste of the company’s time.”

5. References or Lines Referring to Them

In the past, you may have been told to include references on your resume. You might then have been told to include a line like “References Available Upon Request” instead. However, you should really include neither.

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If an employer wants professional references, they will ask you. This gives you the opportunity to contact your references first. Including that line referring to references is just as much a waste of space as having a reference itself.

6. Personal or Private Information

Your age, race, gender, religion, marital status, or political affiliations have no place on your resume. Potential employers are looking at your fit for the job. This is based on your skills, knowledge, and experience, not your personal details.

And while many may find this obvious, never include your driver’s license number, banking numbers, or social security number (which I have actually seen on resumes before). If you land the job, you will have to provide certain private details like these numbers. But you do not have the job yet, so protecting your privacy is key.

“In the bogus job ad they will tell you to hand over personal information, like your credit card number (for instance, to pre-pay for a mandatory drug screen or background check if they are interested in hiring you).”

Remember to keep your personal and private information to yourself and off your resume.

7. College Graduation Dates

Unless you are a recent college graduate entering the workforce, do not include graduation dates. The fact that you obtained your degree is what matters, not when you earned it. Plus, this can give away your age, which as we said above, should not be on your resume.

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You should include the degrees you obtained, certificates you earned, and institutions you attended, but the graduation dates can be left off.

8. Flat-Out Lies

We all know how competitive it is out there. Finding a job, landing an interview, and actually getting that job is a tough process. When you add in how many other candidates you are up against, you may be tempted to gain an edge with some exaggerations. However, deliberate lies will not get you far.Supercharge Your Next Job Interview with These 11 Free Tools Supercharge Your Next Job Interview with These 11 Free ToolsIt takes skill to ace an interview. There are plenty of apps that will assist you with the task of supercharging your job interview skills. Let’s look at each step of the interview process.

An article from Monster on this topic states:

“HireRight.com, a provider of on-demand employment background screening, found that 34 percent of job applicants lie on resumes.”

Now, 34 percent may or may not seem high to you. However, do you want to be part of that number? Tell the truth, keep it real, and get that job based on what you can do, not what you cannot do.

9. Ineffective Formatting

Almost as important as what your resume says is how it looks. No potential employer wants to view a jumbled mess with no consistency when they see your resume. And there really is no reason for it. You can use online tools and sites, templates in Microsoft Word, or even create your own to make it stand out. 5 Top Resume Builder Sites to Create Your Resume Online 5 Top Resume Builder Sites to Create Your Resume OnlineThanks to online resume builders, you can create a professional resume, CV, or bio-data in minutes. With the help of these tips, select the best one that fits your job-hunting needs.

Keep in mind that today’s employers may also view your resume on their mobile devices, so check out these tips to make your resume more mobile friendly.

10. Misspellings or Grammar Errors

Review and reread, use a spelling and grammar check tool, and then review and reread again. There is nothing worse than reading a professional resume full of misspellings and grammar errors.

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Not everyone can be an expert when it comes to spelling and grammar. But these days, you can use tools like Grammarly or built-in features such as Microsoft Word’s spell check. And, that is just the starting point. After you review it, have a friend or family member look it over — they might just see a mistake you missed.

Some Are Obvious, Others Are Not

Many of you may read this and think that these are blatantly obvious resume no-nos. But surprisingly, they are not. For those creating their first resume, re-entering the workforce after many years, or just altogether unsure, this list can help.

Have you seen other crazy things on resumes in your position? Or maybe you were just shocked to see someone include one of these? Share your resume-viewing stories with us in the comments!


15 Free Creative Resume Templates for Photoshop and Illustrator

15 Free Creative Resume Templates for Photoshop and Illustrator

Rob Nightingale

Having a stunning resume is a great way to stand out in the job market. And by downloading one of these free Photoshop templates, getting that stunning resume is easy.

Photoshop is a powerful image editing and manipulation application from Adobe. It’s often used by photographers, graphic designers, and web designers. As you can imagine, when these design features are used to create resumes, you get something far beyond even the best Microsoft Word resumes.Free Microsoft Word Resume Templates to Help You Land Your Dream Job Free Microsoft Word Resume Templates to Help You Land Your Dream job when hunting for jobs, you have to consider so many things! To ease the headache of preparing your resume, we have compiled a selection of great Microsoft Word templates. Download and customize for free!

Though professional designers have done the heavy lifting for you, you still might want to learn some Photoshop basics. This will help you customize these templates, so they are perfect for helping you land that dream job.

To start using Adobe Photoshop, you can download a 30-day free trial — plenty of time to prepare your resume.  To continue using the app, it will cost from $10 per month.

Resume 1

Minimalistic and Clean Resume Template
This ultra crisp and clean template features all of the essential sections for a personal summary, experience, and education. Included are sections for language skills and visual icons to show your particular skillset. These can be removed if they’re not needed. The free download even comes with an attractive cover letter template.

Download for Photoshop or Illustrator

Resume 2

Photoshop Resume template

If your application needs to show off your creative skills, this is a fantastic template to use. The layout is somewhat similar to a website but looks fantastic when printed. The color scheme is understated enough to ensure you don’t look like you’re trying too hard. Click the link below to see the other page included in the download.

Download for Photoshop

Resume 3

Free Resume with business card

This is more of a traditional resume, but with a fantastic amount of attention paid to detail. The icon sets (you can change the color of these) guide the reader around the resume, while the subtle background to each section makes this very pleasing to the eye. Within the download are also templates for a portfolio page, cover letter, and business card.

Download for Photoshop

Resume 4

Yellow Resume Template

This two-column resume and matching cover letter may be simple, but they are almost guaranteed to make you stand out from the crowd. Once you’ve mastered some of Photoshop’s very basics, you’ll easily be able to move sections around or change the color scheme to suit your own style.Find The Perfect Color Scheme Every Time With Adobe Kuler Find The Perfect Color Scheme Every Time With Adobe KulerWhether you’re building a website, designing a brochure or painting your spare room; finding the perfect combination of colors can be a daunting task. It often takes more than just personal taste to marry shades…

Download for Photoshop

Resume 5

Minimalist Resume Template 2

When it comes to stunning resume (and business card) templates, they don’t come much better than this. That it’s free is astonishing! The icons used in the template are included within an icon pack in the free download. As is the business card template. The only downside is that there’s not much space for writing job descriptions etc. in the document.

Download for Photoshop and Illustrator

Resume 6

Photoshop Resume Template

This colorful template will shout loudly in a sea of black and white resumes. Though there is no cover letter template included, it should be easy enough to create your own. Just remove all the elements from the page apart from the header, and write your cover letter using the fonts included in the download.

Download for Photoshop

Resume 7

Swiss Style Resume

Unlike some of the other templates so far, this bold design has more room for wordy descriptions.  Don’t make it too wordy, though! If you’re not too keen on the red color scheme, you can change that with a few mouse clicks. Just make sure to keep with a bold scheme, to ensure the keywords and skills stand out just as they do in the image above.Upgrade Your Job Hunt: 3 Quick Ways To Improve Your Resume Upgrade Your Job Hunt: 3 Quick Ways To Improve Your resume, your resume is key to landing that job interview. Technology can help check how readable your CV is, thus increasing your chances of making a good impression.

Download for Photoshop

Resume 8

Clean Photoshop Resume

This beautiful template has a similar layout to resume #2, above, though with somewhat less space for writing about your experience. With a few design tweaks, you should be able to fix this. And you see those social media icons at the top left? These (and those in other templates) can be turned into hyperlinks in Photoshop, so when you send the resume as a PDF file, those icons are clickable. Before adding these links though, ensure your social profiles actually improve your professional image.10 Ways Social Media Can Boost Your Career 10 Ways Social Media Can Boost Your CareerSocial media can be an invaluable tool when looking for a new job, or even when trying to boost your skills for your current role. Try these ideas and see how you go.

Download for Photoshop

Resume 9

Free Resume

This two-column black and white template deserves a special place in this list, as it can even be opened and edited in newer versions of Microsoft Word. If you need instructions on how to use and edit the document, a detailed help file is included in the download.

One thing I’d advise would be to avoid using a photo of yourself in your resume. This can easily be removed from this template. Any judgment should be made on your skills and qualifications, not your physical appearance.

Download for Photoshop, Illustrator, or Word

Resume 10

PSD Resume Template

With this resume, we’re back to simpler, understated templates. This one, in particular, is incredibly easy for the reader to review at a glance, though you may want to make some of the text a little larger. As another pointer, rating your skills at 50% (as you can see in the right column in this image) is not advisable. You want your skills rated as highly as possible. For those that you cannot rate at least 70%, mention these in another section, or within your cover letter.

Download for Photoshop

Resume 11

Free PSD Resume Template

This is the only landscape-oriented template in this list, and its designer will be charging for the template soon, so download it now while it’s free. There’s also a tri-fold version of this template, which you can fold into a resume flyer. This offers a more unique experience for the reader and could really help you to stand out and land that interview!3 Tips That’ll Instantly Wipe Out Job Interview Anxiety 3 Tips That’ll Instantly Wipe Out Job Interview AnxietyThe hardest part of getting any job is usually the job interview. These three tips will help you get through the process unscathed, and with a new job.

Download for Photoshop

Resume 12

Free Resume template

This resume template is a great way to offer a very brief overview of your experience and skills. If you want to add more information, you may prefer a more text-oriented template. That being said, there is also a cover letter template included in this download that you can use to add more information to your application.

Download for Photoshop

Resume 13

Free Creative resume

This is a truly unique template that you’ve never seen anything like before. So if you’re applying for a job that requires you to portray a bold and daring personality, this template is definitely worth considering. It also looks great printed in black and white.

Download for Illustrator

Resume 14

2 Page Resume Template

The front page of this template is particularly useful for people who need to include a lot of information in their application. The portfolio page included in this package is too busy for my liking. If you’re more experienced with Photoshop, you should be able to simplify the portfolio template, though.

Download for Photoshop

Resume 15

UX Resume Template

The simplicity and “interface” of this template is, I’m sure you’ll agree, amazing. That it is aimed at user interface designers is no surprise, though it could easily be used for a variety of other careers, too. The bullet-point list in the experience section is also a nice touch that offers more information to the reader while keeping everything concise. The included business card template is pretty nice, too!

Download for Photoshop

But Design Isn’t Everything

Having a stunning resume is a great step to finding an amazing job. But it’s only the first step. The content of your resume also has to stand out. That means gaining extra qualifications, working on interesting projects, and mastering your industry.This Simple Process Will Make Your Job Search Insanely Productive This Simple Process Will Make Your Job Search Insanely ProductiveThere’s a simple process you can employ that will make your job search via social media insanely productive, and hopefully land you that coveted job you’ve always wanted.

That being said, each of these templates is sure to make your application stand out from your competitors’, and to help you more easily get your foot into the door of your dream job.

Over to you: are there any other Photoshop resume templates you’ve come across that should be included in this list? And do you have any other resume tips that other readers should keep in mind?


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