Although it may be seem appealing to divulge everything from childhood to present, it is not wise, necessary, or in most instances actually legal to do so.
In this issue of Tovey Talks, I will share with you 5 of the most common resume items that clients want to include in their resume, but unsure if they should or not.
1. Providing information that can lead a hiring employer to discriminate against you.
Employers are not allowed to ask questions regarding age, religion, sexual orientation, civil status, or any other personal characteristic of a potential candidate, unless these questions are related to the skills or qualifications required for the job.
2. Providing list of references prior to employer requesting them.
Due to privacy laws, fear of defamation actions, and human rights & privacy complaints, employers are handling reference checks through some of the following practices:
- Requesting written consent from the interviewee PRIOR to contacting references he/she has provided.
- Hiring third parties to conduct background checks that incorporate a reference check.
- Implementing policies where the company’s HR company representative, not their ex-Manager, can provide only a simple confirmation of employment.
3. Providing your full home address.
Traditionally, it has been standard practice to include your full mailing address on your resume; recently, for privacy reasons, candidates are choosing not to put their address on their resume.
Additionally, it can decrease job opportunities for applicants since recruiters believe that employees with long commutes have more stress; leading to a higher amount of resignations.
If your name, phone number and e-mail address are at the top of your resume for, that is more than sufficient.
4. Include expired certifications only as it relates to the job posting.
Your knowledge has no expiration date unlike the licenses/certifications you may have obtained along your career path. This is really one that for me I use my professional expertise to assess on a resume by resume basis. For example, careers in which First Aid & CPR is required, I will only list it if the client is in the process of renewing it OR if the job posting states something like “Knowledge of First Aid and CPR is an asset”.
5. Avoid an inappropriate contact email address.
Most of us probably still have email from when dial up existed, I know I do! Please ensure that the email address that you supply on your resume will not leave a damaging first impression. You can’t judge a book by its cover does not go a long way when you are applying for a customer service job and your email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is not an exhaustive list of items not to include, but definitely a good start in creating a resume that will not get you overlooked.
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