Of course, you’d never include lies or false information on your resume, and you always try your absolute best to avoid making grammatical and spelling mistakes. Those are obvious. Here is a list of other items to omit from your resume.

Personal information

Don’t include your age, sexual orientation, political views or even hobbies. You don’t want to unintentionally alienate the hiring manager with your beliefs or preferences.


These should be on a separate document, and potential employers will ask for it if they want it. Even the phrase “references available upon request” is obvious and takes up a line that could be used for more relevant information.

An unprofessional email address

Your email address should be just some construction of your full name or initials—nothing to indicate hobbies, sports team allegiances or drinking capabilities. You can set this email address up quickly and for free on a site like Gmail.

Also, leave off any social media accounts that are not related to the professional world. If you’re in a creative field and want to include your Twitter handle, fine, but no one needs to see your personal Facebook page.

An objective

This is obvious: you’re looking for a job.

Irrelevant work experiences

Your potential employer probably isn’t interested that you spent a summer grooming dogs in college if you’re currently applying for an IT job.

Salary information

Some employers will request this information later in the hiring process, but this initial encounter is not the place for you to tell your salary history or dictate your demands.

Anything 15 years ago

Most hiring managers understand fifteen years can account for a lot of growth and transition in one’s career, so no need to include information about your high school GPA or jobs you held so many years ago.

Jargon and buzzwords

Some of these are just annoying and unnecessary while others are company-specific and therefore obscure to anyone outside of your current industry or even business. Your resume should use clear and common language.


This includes contact information for your current company. If they want to get in touch with your current employer or consult your boss as a reference, they’ll ask. Otherwise, no need to include that irrelevant data.

Also, don’t include your address. You might repel employers who are hesitant to relocate someone, or worse, open yourself up to identity theft. In the 21st century, a cell phone number and email address are plenty!

Attention-seeking tactics

This includes any photos, images, charts, graphs, headers, footers and fancy fonts. And plain printer paper is sufficient—no need to use heavy or glossy paper.

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