What not to include in your resume?

Struggling with what to write and what not to write in your resume. Read this article to know what not to include in your resume.

Created On: Dec 14, 2017 15:15 IST
Modified On: Dec 26, 2017 19:06 IST
What not to include in your resume?
What not to include in your resume?

If you happen to search, 'how to write a resume' on Google search thousands of search results show up. For the biggest question that torments most college students is, 'how to make a resume that stands out and catches the eye of the recruiters.' But then the question arises if there is so much material available online as to how to write a CV or a resume then, why are students always in a turmoil of how to make a good CV. One possibility is that you are not reading the material and the other is that material available is not able to convey the information properly.

But how hard could it possibly be to explain something that is supposed to convey a person's professional journey in not more 1 or 2 pages, especially when concerning college freshers. For, after all, your resume has but one objective, to get you an interview call. The rest lies in your hand for at the time of the interview resume might come in as a handy tool but if you fail to impress the interviewer with your personality even a good resume is doomed to end up in the trash pile.      

Hence, here we have tried a different approach instead of telling you what to write in your CV or resume for you can find plenty of advice on it from almost everyone and everywhere. Today, we will be talking about what not to write in your CV.

What not to write in a resume for college students -

Career Objective -

There was a time when it was good to include a career objective in your resumes but that time is long gone. In the current resume trends and formats most people advice against including a career objective in your CV. And rightly so, over the period the content put forward in this section had become highly repetitive. All the section mentioned was that the candidate is hard-working, diligent, sincere, open to learning new things, and possess the skill set that will aid in the growth of the organization. It won't be wrong at all to say that the HR's had completely started to overlook the section as they knew what it would contain. So, never include a career objective in your resume, it's just a waste of precious space.


Not every organization today asks the new candidates for references. And a few bit of those who do require references will ask you for them shall they need it. There is no need for you mention the reference details in your CV. Moreover, references are usually asked after you are done with an interview and the recruiters are considering to present you with the job offer. Mentioning references on the CV would only reduce the space that you have to mention things that actually matter. And if you are considering writing references available on request, then don't. The reason is the same as above, if they need they will ask for it and you will have to present them with it. So better save the space for things that matter at that stage.

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Irrelevant Work Experiences

What most college students make the mistake is that they mention each and every work experience that they can think of no matter whether it is relevant to the job or not. Suppose you gave guitar classes to high school kids to earn some extra pocket money how would it help to put it in your resume if you are applying for the job of a data analyst. The information not only is completely irrelevant it also displays lack of seriousness and self-confidence in you. Only include experiences that are relevant to the job profile that you are applying for.

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Too much personal information

A lot of college students make this mistake. They go on to include too much personal information in the resume. Remember that you are applying for a job or an internship, your employer is not interested in what your hobbies are or what is your age, your place of birth, or even your birth date for that matter. Keep your resume focused on your academic background, your skills and your achievements. Things that a interviewer considers when deciding whether you are the right candidate for the profile or not. All they want is a good sincere person, who would add to the growth of the organization they are least worried about your date of birth and hobbies.

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To Conclude

Include only relevant information in your resumes. Making a creative or different resume might help you catch the eye of the HR but for them to read your resume and remember your profile it is important to present them with relevant content.  A good looking resume, if it doesn't convey the relevant information would also end up in trash pile.

And since you are well-versed on how to write a resume add some of the points mentioned above to filter out unnecessary information from your resumes and you'd have for your the perfect resume to send out with job applications. Liked this article? Please share it with your friend and peers to help them make better resumes. And for more such articles on resume making and interview tips for college students, please visit, www.jagranjosh.com/college. Alternatively, you can also get such articles directly in your inbox by submitting your email id in the form given below.

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