What NOT to Include on your Resume


Everyone knows that a resume is one of the most important factors when looking for a job. And there have been countless articles and advice on what you should include in your resume: past experience, contact information, and the like. However, with the heavy competition in the job market these days, employers are becoming more and more critical. There are several things that one should not include on their resume.


Irrelevant Job History

While it is important to show past job history, you do not need to list every job on your resume/CV. For instance, if you delivered newspapers when you were 12 or had a lemonade stand when you were 6, you don’t need to include this on your resume. You should tailor your resume toward the position for which you are applying. If you are applying for several different types of positions, you should have more than one resume.


Personal Information

While it is important to list contact information such as business email and phone number on your resume, you do not need to list factors such as age, race, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, nationality, religious preference, political affiliations, etc. on your resume. These are personal details that are not required by law to disclose and could also lead to discrimination.

You do not want to give your personal home phone number, or home address on your resume. With identity theft on the rise, you do not want to include this information on your resume. You can put your city and state of residence, but you don’t need to include your street address. Also, never list your tax file number. As a rule, you should never supply any of this information until you are hired for the position.

Also you should make sure that your email address is professional. You should have a separate email address for business purposes. You do not want your potential employer to email you at “HotStuff22@gmail.com.” Make sure that your email address is suitable for professional purposes.



Just as you don’t want to be giving out your personal information to everyone, neither do your personal and business referees. If an employer requires a reference, they will specifically ask you. You should also never give references until you are offered the position or have been shortlisted. If you simply add “References available upon request” at the bottom of your CV, that should suffice. Also, it is polite to make sure that you notify someone that you wish to use them as a reference and ask for their permission.


Current Employer Information

While it is important to list your most recent (or current) employer on your CV, you need not include information such as company phone number and the name of your supervisor. This also includes your work email and direct work phone number. You do not want potential employers contacting you at your job thus compromising your current position. Always provide a separate email address and phone number on your resume.