Resume Mistakes: Information You Should Never Include Worksheet

Job Search Writing: Writing Tips

Practice with this Resume Mistakes Worksheet in order to recognize what information should stay off your resume, and improve your job writing. By completing ten exercises, you can learn to omit unnecessary information that hurts, rather than helps, your resume.

Resume Mistakes: Information You Should Never Include

Instructions

For each of the following exercises, decide whether you would omit or include the information on a resume. State the reason for your decision.

  • Your objective includes becoming the next Donald Trump.

  • Omit/Include?

    Reason:

  • Your biggest hobby is wearing your swimsuit to dance in the rain.

  • Omit/Include?

    Reason:

  • Your objective includes becoming a financial analyst or trader while continuing your
    education in the financial field to obtain the CFA designation.

  • Omit/Include?

    Reason:

  • Your social security number.

  • Omit/Include?

    Reason:

  • You have three children.

  • Omit/Include?

    Reason:

  • You once won a pie-eating contest.

  • Omit/Include?

    Reason:

  • You are democratic.

  • Omit/Include?

    Reason:

  • Your community awarded you with a community service award.

  • Omit/Include?

    Reason:

  • You have blue eyes and long blond hair.

  • Omit/Include?

    Reason:

  • You worked for a summer as a sign holder outside a pizza parlor.

  • Omit/Include?

    Reason: