Most of the recruiters in any organization or manpower recruitment firm nowadays scrutinize resumes, not to see it for selection but to see how an applicant is not fitting the job.
A recruiter receives a ton of resumes for any position due to lots of applicants at present. So, it is important to know what to write in a resume from their selection point of view.
An applicant might think that resume & it’s content matters, but this might be not true, there is some standardized information that should appear in the resume which highlights the crucial content.
In this article, Ms. Kanika Kohli Mahajan CEO Trendsetters Facilities & Technical Services (TFTS) talks about things not to put on your resume:
Usage of Long Blocks of Text
Resumes are scrutinized in a skimmed way rather than read it line by line. This means you should avoid the usage of long paragraphs and big blocks of text. Try using bullet points and keeping sentences in a crisp format.
Avoid The Wrong Format
Is the required format is in PDF as mentioned in jobs posting, then it should be in PDF format only. The employer might be requested in a PDF format as that’s the format used in their online application systems to process job applications.
Avoid using Yellow or any light-colored text in your resume. Also, avoid using fancy colors for your resume’s font and in its design elements. Use black color for resume body’s text and the font size should be in the range of 10 to 12.
Made Up Titles
Stating that you’re the CEO of a company isn’t extraordinary, that too when you are the sole employee of your company, it is a big no-no.
Solo-owned businesses might be impressive and there’s nothing erroneous with that, but the recruiter or HR manager reviewing your application would appreciate it when you call yourself a business owner or an entrepreneur.
Mentioning Jobs Irrelevant To The Targeted Role
Include employment history that’ll add to your current job search.
If you’re migrating to a different industry or towards a different line of work entirely then you can include these jobs, but the focus should be on the convenient skills you possess and not about your previous job title.
Official Email Address
Avoid using an unprofessional email address like email@example.com, and avoid using your official email address. This makes a recruiter think that you’re job hunting during office hours and that you do a lot of personal work in your official time.
Avoid using a personal picture of you on the resume as it is only suitable for models & actors. A picture of yourself of personal nature such as a picnic or dancing makes your application prone to the same prejudice that might affect a recruiter’s decision while they are scrutinizing your resume.
Adding Negative Or Questionable Work Experience
Avoid including employers who in the case have fired you for poor performance, attendance issues, or personal matters. But If you were let go due to a lay-off, then you may consider it as recruiters understand things like this happen to professionals.
Information about how and why you left will tell recruiters when they do a background check on you, so there’s no sense including jobs experience in which you were terminated. Nevertheless, if you just didn’t get well along with the previous boss and left the company in good terms, then that’s okay.
Mentioning Salary Details
Your salary history shouldn’t be a part of your resume unless you want other recruiters to give you a miss because of your higher cost to them— or worse, or vice versa consider you low ball due to your past salary being meager from what they normally offer.
Never ever lie on your resume. You can try getting a bit creative with your writing, but you should avoid stretching the truth to the point where you can’t make it stand up.
In case you don’t speak multiple languages, don’t mention it. If you had helped with a product launch or presentation, you should say I supported instead of claiming it as your own. They say you should fake it ‘til you make it, but this advice doesn’t apply to lie on your resume.
Trendsetters Facilities & Technical Services (TFTS) is India’s fastest growing specialized staff and labour outsourcing company that currently service to some of India’s biggest organizations like – DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation), Bajaj Automobiles, Reliance Infrastructure, Haldirams, HCL and more. Trendsetters Facilities & Technical Services is also the leading specialized labour outsourcing company to the manufacturing units in SIIDCUL (State Infrastructure & Industrial Development Corporation of Uttarakhand Ltd) and Jaipur World City. It recruits, do payroll management and outsource technical staff, manufacturing staff, labour licensed workers, ITI qualified personals – those who are difficult to find in large volume, locally near the manufacturing units. Trendsetters Facilities & Technical Services Pvt Ltd was incorporated in Feb 2002 as a Private Ltd Company on the intrinsic core value of Responsible, Responsive and Dedication of a Defence Services Officer at the helm as its Promoter. The company’s Strategy is that of a Solution Centric Organisation where, instead of enumerating the mere services being on offer, the Focus is on the Clients, their Needs and How the Services being offered can be linked to provide value-enhancing solutions for the Clients.