In your attempt to be transparent while applying for a job, you can accidentally divulge information which isn’t really necessarily going to be helpful for your application. Remind yourself of the importance of securing your private information and only provide it when absolutely necessary.
Here are some of the things of that you can opt not to include on your resume~
- Your Picture. This is not necessary for most applications. Not unless the company you are applying for is requesting for a photo from all their applicants.
- Skip the dates (when last revised). Besides being insignificant, it would be better not to put a date on when you last revised your resume just to prevent creating the impression that it’s already outdated.
- Your physical features. Save a lot of useful space by not including your weight, height or any distinguishable physical features. These details will be obtained during medical examinations so there’s no real need to provide it.
- Your ‘School’ CGPA. It’s not a good idea to include your school final grades in your resume not unless it’s your first time applying for a job and you need to show that your grades are impressive. Outstanding scholastic achievements such as being a Valedictorian, Cum Laude or Magna Cum Laude will definitely shine on paper but only if you’re new to the workforce industry.
- Other ‘irrelevant’ job experience. Having several work experiences is good but only include the ones that are relevant for the job that you’re applying for. If you only have one or two job experiences, you will need to include it too just to show that you at least have a bit of experience working.
- Skills which don’t matter. There is no use putting information that is not relevant to the job you are aiming for. You will just be wasting valuable space on your resume when you include skills which will not be used for the job.
- Past compensation. Not unless you are negotiating for a higher salary, leave out your previous salary and compensation from your previous employers. Money figures have no place in your resume and most recruiters already have salary rates in mind when hiring people.
- Character References. You may simply include “Character reference available upon request” at the last portion of your resume and provide it when they need it.
- Negative facts or comments. These could be simple health problems, negative issues with previous employers or colleagues. It’s better to divulge these things verbally or during medical examinations.
- Your religious or political affiliations. None of these things will help you get a job. This will also prevent any form of bias against your application.
Don’t be afraid to skip these things. You’re not committing any crime if you do and this will also allow you better explain yourself ‘off the record’ to prevent misunderstanding between you and your future employer.
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