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Apart from documents and certificates, resume is one of the most important things for a job-seeker. While some add a nice, creative touch to their resume, some are conventional and plain boring. However, some are downright pointless and may also turn off the employer.

A lot has often been said about what to put on your resume, and how to ensure that it has correct spellings and grammar, but not many speak about what not to include. Here are a few things we believe should never be on a resume.


Most of the resumes come with this point right on top, talking about what the job-seeker wants from the organisation. What one should be putting on the resume is what they bring to the table and why you would make a good choice.

Irrelevant work experience

Listing every work experience you have ever had, right from the time you took up a two-month internship in college ages ago, makes it look like you are trying too hard. Instead, highlight the experience that proves you have done well for yourself and proves your skill. Also including every detail of your primary and high school education doesn't make sense.

Personal details

Extensive personal details such as your hobbies, marital status, and religion aren't really relevant. In case the company wants these details about you, they will ask.

Casual e-mail addresses

Always use proper e-mail addresses. True, we all used funny e-mail addresses when we first started using the internet; we even thought they were cute. But seeking a job is a much more serious affair and hence it is best to use a proper e-mail address.


Remember when Joey from Friends said he spoke fluent French when he had no clue about the language? Yes, that is what we are talking about. Never lie about things on your resume. They are bound to come back to you someday.

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Social media details

Do not put your social media handles on your resume unless you are applying for a job that requires you to say how well you can deal with social media.

If you are applying for a large Fortune 500 company then maybe you can add the handle to your LinkedIn profile, but something like Facebook, which mostly involves friends and family, is a no.