Since your resume is the first impression you’ll make with a potential employer, it’s sensible to make the most of the attention you’ll receive when the HR department reads it. Avoid putting the following items on your resume in order to put your best foot forward.
1. Personal Information
Don’t include personal information about your marital status, race, disability, age, or hobbies on your resume. These things only make it possible for an employer to profile you before you even meet. If you feel you must share your passion for gardening, save it for the interview.
You may think your professional appearance can only make your resume stand out. Instead, it will make it look like you’re trying to capitalize on your looks instead of your skill set. Never include a photo with your resume. If you want, though, it’s acceptable to include a link to your LinkedIn page that contains your profile image.
3. Objective Statement/Mission Statement
Mission statements are passé and no longer a resume standard. They can also limit you as far as what positions the employer might find you suitable for. Instead, you can iterate your interest in certain career goals in your cover letter if you want.
4. Past Salary History
Sometimes a job posting will request a salary requirement. When this happens, you can include a range of acceptable salary on your cover letter. Never divulge your past salary on your resume, though. This can unfairly limit you when you go to negotiate your new salary.
5. Your GPA
Only a freshly graduated college student or a high school student should be adding their GPA on a resume. If your collegiate experience was so grand that you think it would help, it’s acceptable to add Magna Cum Laude or Suma Cum Laude on your resume, but not the actual GPA number.