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What Not to Include on Your Resume

Part of the Resumes For Dummies Cheat Sheet

A well-crafted resume contains only the information that proves you're a qualified candidate. Eliminate resume clutter by removing useless information that potential employers often view as filler and a waste of their time. Here's a short list of the worst offenders:

  • "References available on request." Listing the actual references on your resume is even worse.

  • Your Social Security number or driver's license number.

  • The date your resume was prepared.

  • Your company's telephone number.

  • Your high school or grammar school if you're a college graduate.

  • Dates you spent involved in college extracurricular activities.

  • Dates you were involved with professional or civic organizations unless using them to fill in gaps or add heft to your claims.

  • Names of (human) past employers; put these on your reference sheet with contact information.

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