In today’s competitive job market, your resume can make or break your chances of a potential interview and hire. In addition to having a resume that is clear and concise, it is important to include information that sets you apart from other job applicants. Most individuals are under the impression that the more information you include, the better. However, Business News Daily has uncovered that when it comes to your resume, there is such a thing as over sharing. Five career experts uncovered what information individuals can remove from their resumes to increase their chances of getting hired:
- Your marital status - Your marital status should have no bearing on whether or not you are capable or qualified for a position. If you include your marital status, you are opening the door to questions that may be inappropriate or even illegal.
- Political affiliations – Providing your political affiliation can bias your interviewer and can ultimately work against you. Unless you are looking for a job in which disclosing this information is relevant, it is better to withhold from including it in your resume.
- Reasons for termination – Unless there are an unusual number of short-lived job experiences on your resume, this is no need to explain reasons for separation between you and your former employer.
- A photo – Unless you are a model or actor, do not include a photo of yourself.
- Salary history – Disclosing your salary history could work against you for future salary negotiations.
Be sure that you resume is free of any information that could harm you when applying for an available job position!