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Lylah M. Alphonse on the five things that you should never put on your resume
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- Date Jun 26, 2012
Lylah M. Alphonse on the five things that you should never put on your resume
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Five things you should never.
Put on your resume we've just -- -- should never put on your body to come into the office what -- what to to never put on here.
Resume this is -- -- he's a senior editor with Yahoo! shine.
And I thank you so much -- for joining us to talk about this -- and resonates clearly.
More important than ever in this current job environments.
So let's get right to -- the five things you should never -- resume we have a full screen here if you wanna sort of talk -- through -- and one of them is the age old thing that so many people learned is the first thing you put on your -- The objective.
That's right it's one of the things are taught right away your objective or your mission statement and really that's one of the things need to delete.
I'm back when we were taught to put that on the and the market was really different -- -- Handful of people looking for Oregon a ton of open positions.
But now what it does it signals that you're kind of a -- they care more about what you want to accomplish that about what you have -- employers looking far ahead -- Load try to keep that -- that write it up just for your own.
Your own clarification and then leave it on -- computer -- put an underestimate what I mean really isn't the bottom line your objective to get a jobs -- and yes if you're exactly.
I think it's pretty you know that's self explanatory -- information.
Is something in and salary -- -- lump those two together.
As two other things never to put on there.
Well there -- some things that employers are not allowed to ask you during your interview -- process are you married.
How many kids do you have about religion about politics if they're not allowed to ask you during the interview and don't put it on -- resume.
The salary is something you really should keep for later in the process after you've been offered the job.
You don't want to -- the -- too high and exclude yourself from the position.
And you don't wanna set yourself to low eat there and an end up making less money than you or sell yourself short you don't put all the cards -- -- table right away.
-- -- experience and activities.
You you know -- -- -- yeah I guess you're saying it's superfluous nowadays -- -- -- -- Whether people and the like hiking or or riding a bicycle is being.
Exactly depending on your -- -- you've probably done a lot already but not all of it needs to be on -- resume.
I'm try to tailor it -- the stuff that's.
Most related to the job for which -- -- your client and in this it was an interesting one and then I would have never really thought to put on the -- -- your weakness.
People are actually doing them.
Some people are and it goes back to that trick question a lot of people get asked during the interview process what's your biggest weakness -- you have to -- it is something positive.
On the -- the best to just leave it off their entirely that that's something you can talk about if it comes up but it's not something you need to advertise on -- as.
Guessing that a big waste of space you know and -- -- a little bit -- space and and it seems like today you know employers -- detailed spending less and less time with the resonated you really need to have -- good cookies up top and and only relevant information.
Let's move on exactly head to five other do not saying and this is a good one.
That I'd be have spoken with a college students in the past don't use -- same resonate for every job application things the same ago.
For the -- cover letter as well.
Exactly -- to cover letters kind of a chance to shine those things they don't underestimate that you want to mention -- such a great candidate -- cover letters the best place for that.
But each job as a little bit different -- need to tailor your tailor your resonated suit each job at looking far.
Let the company know that you've taken the time to get to know them -- bitten to show why are perfect for that job.
Daniel also used as you Citi could -- in the in highlight I guess specific.
Things that you bring to the table for one company that may not be applicable for another and for the -- Cover letter it will prevent you from sending a letter to mr.
Smith when he really should be sending its mister Jones if you don't use -- -- -- -- however.
Or whoever -- -- They -- you can't really -- you don't want them to know let's have a template.
Right exactly and it also gives you a chance to drop a few industry words there are show that your kind of an insider that you know what you're talking about that you're a good bet.
It's it's a great opportunity to do that -- separately from -- present and they also gonna say you know don't just list the previous job titles and responsibilities.
-- you wanna.
To give a little bit more.
Right you want to show them why that experience applies to the job that you want them to hire you for.
So it's great to say this is my title -- these are my responsibilities that show what you learned the show what you bring into the table.
Yeah and don't forget to prove freedom you think with spell check via this would be second nature and you wouldn't actually -- to remind all of us but it I don't know right but it.
Spell check only catch his words that are misspelled not words that are used in correctly that's so -- in the number two instead of instead -- also T hello it won't catch that if you -- SEW instead of SO it won't catch that either and it doesn't -- out the words you forget and and Europe butter something that -- in your mind your reading as your.
Going it threw away.
Right and auto correct which is also part and parcel a lot of fellowship -- programs that'll change proper now and -- if you've got.
If you're sending your your cover letter to someone with an unusually spelled name it could change it to the wrong spelling and then I know I toss those right in the trash when I get things with my name spelled wrong -- I I think a lot.
People doing any kind of a type and a cover letter or or particular resonate so then you shouldn't that your most important documents you're not alone in that.
And then this last one is you something again you would think most people wouldn't need to be told -- but I think.
It's particularly difficult for young people coming out.
Don't -- didn't ballots should mean we've seen new you know -- college football coaches.
We've seen -- high high ranking executives they have major corporations.
In the past year to who have lost their jobs because somewhere along the line.
They -- who said they got -- computer science degree are they played varsity that raw and they didn't I didn't and the question now is why are people doing SN and what would you tell them instead.
I would tell them instead be honest if you don't have a lot of experience say you don't and use your cover letter and the interview to explain why.
It's very very tempting to -- soon to bump but that experience and -- and other bed.
That any employer worth their salt is gonna it's pointed check.
And it's very easy in this day and age to check not just references but -- previous experience but your degrees.
All of that information so you better off be an honest and that explaining.
And I gap in employment explaining an odd job title.
I'm in a different way.
Now we're reading some chats and now on the message boards right now -- -- to share this with you on this from not any.
-- is due to my age emission of goals and mission statement is in you went to him so again next year saying that it's it's changing with the times because of the current job and job market environment.
Right it was something that was very popular.
I saying five to ten years ago that people -- down that would pull it don't buy a goal is an executive position with such and such company.
Which is great but employers don't really care so much what you want they care what you can do for them.
So instead used to cover letter to explain why are the best candidate for the job and leave that statement off of your -- All right while Alfonse senior editor at Yahoo! shine -- think you so much for joining us that we have my there's -- her article up right now.
In you can find out on Yahoo.com.
Thanks again -- for joining us -- -- -- accelerator.
Thanks for having me take -- -- --