Business Insider lists nine resume killers as follows:
- Hobbies -- No one cares and they are a waste of time and space.
- Objective -- It's obvious what your objective it - to get the job you're applying for.
- Personal pronouns (I, me, my) -- It's understood the resume is about you.
- Irrelevant experience -- Just adds clutter.
- Images -- Tacky and distracting.
- Professional contact information -- Do not use your current office number or email.
- Buzzwords -- Turn-off for hiring managers.
- Present tense for a past job -- Only use this for current job.
- Unnecessary words -- Wastes valuable space.
Here's my take on these:
- Hobbies -- For the most part, I agree. No one wants to see "video games" listed when you're applying for a business position. However, if your hobbies help in some way, I'd include them. For instance, if you're applying for a marketing job at a video game maker, the fact that you're rated in the top 100 in the world on their main game is a selling point.
- Objective -- I hate objectives and completely ignore them as a hiring manger. As such they are simply space wasters -- and it's usually prime space they waste (at the top).
- Personal pronouns (I, me, my) -- Of course. This is resume writing 101 and when someone uses personal pronouns it screams "amateur!"
- Irrelevant experience -- I would summarize it if it's needed to otherwise cover work gaps.
- Images -- Unless 1) you're a creative of some type (like a graphic designer) or 2) in an industry where it is expected (newscaster, model).
- Professional contact information -- Don't we all have our own private cell numbers and email addresses by now?
- Buzzwords -- Again, it screams "amateur!"
- Present tense for a past job -- Do you know how to write or not? Doing this says "no".
- Unnecessary words -- You need to be short and sweet.
A good list overall. What do you think of it?