8 things to leave out of your resume

As a Certified Professional Resume Writers, I have encountered a lot of resumes from clients all over the world with information that is not acceptable in the Canadian labour market. For internationally educated professionals, new Canadians and for those who just don’t know, I have decided to provide you with a list of  things you should never include in your resume.

These include:

1. Photographs

The only people who need to include photos in their resumes are models and performers. In some cultures, a photo is expected on a resume. As such, many new immigrants incorporate their photos on their resume upon relocating to Canada. However, they should remove as Canadian labour law prohibits employers from discriminating based on race etc ,however it would be naive to assume they adhere to the law at all times.

2. Personal or Work Failures

This includes being fired, failures in exams, marriages, businesses, etc.

3. Every part-time job you have ever had

Part time jobs may be relevant to entry-level candidate with limited experience when you are looking for your first job, but after that, they are meaningless. Keep the most relevant work history when writing your resume.

4. The words ‘I’, ‘he’ or ‘she’

Your resume should normally be written in the first person (‘I’), but you never actually need to write ‘I’ in a resume. Some people write their resume in the third person (‘he’ or ‘she’). Again, you do not need to include the ‘he’ or ‘she’.

5. References

Your references should not be included on your resume – whether they are names, addresses, emails and phone numbers. The phrase “References are available upon request” should also be left out.

6. Reasons for leaving each job

Never include the reason you left an organization on your resume, especially if they are negative points. This may leave you open to being misunderstood.

7. Listing of high school diploma

Once you have attained post-secondary education, whether a college certificate or a bachelor’s degree, you no longer need to include your high school diploma on your resume.

8. Salary history information

This could potentially be used to reject your application. If a job advertisement specifically requests this information, you can always include it in your cover letter.

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