7 Things You Need to Leave Off Your Resume

7 Things You Need to Leave Off Your Resume

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What to Leave Off of Your Resume


As you may know, one of the most important things you will need to start applying for jobs is a well-written resume. Resumes have been around for over 500 years and have become a pivotal part of the career search (Thank you, Leonardo da Vinci).

Over the years, we have seen new trends in formatting, wording, and what you need to include and leave off of your resume. However, a few sections have been consistent throughout the years. The most important sections on a resume include:

Contact Information – how will they know where to reach you if this isn’t included?

Experience – how will they know you are qualified for the position if you don’t list this?

Education – most jobs nowadays require a degree. They will only know you have one if you add the education section!

Without these three sections, you will not receive any job offers when applying for jobs. The majority of you already know that these sections are an industry standard. Over the years, other sections like a summary, references, and a professional objective appeared on resumes. However, these sections are usually optional. Employers look for only a handful of things in resumes, and none of these are on the list.

We have seen many things added to resumes, including photos, hobbies, and reasons for leaving previous jobs. So here are 7 things you should leave off your resume to help with your job search!

Profile Picture

We are in the day and age where profile pictures are everywhere we go. Your profile picture says a lot about you, whether you are on Facebook, LinkedIn, or even TikTok. However, when it comes to your resume, leave it off!

You should only add your photograph to your resume if you are applying for a modeling or acting position. Employers will not hire you based on your appearance in any other role, or they will be drawn into allegations of discrimination.

Cover Photo Resume

Irrelevant Experiences

The most common mistake we see on candidate resumes is that they include all their work experience. Including all your work experience can be good in some cases if all of your work is relevant to the position you are applying for; however, if you are applying for an Engineering role, adding your experience working as a dishwasher is just wasting valuable space on your resume.

Resumes should be no longer than one page double-sided. The only exception to this is if you are applying for a more experienced role, such as a manager or CFO. Most job applications should only have one page front and back.

Did you know: Recruiters spend less than 8 seconds reviewing a resume. So take a look at your resume and make sure you have highlighted your career for the job you are applying for.

Misspelling & Errors

Do we even have to explain this one? 77% of employers will immediately reject a resume if it has a typo or grammatical errors. Errors like these will show that you either have poor writing skills or are too lazy to review your work.

Take the time to review your resume 2, 3, maybe even 4 times before submitting it. We highly suggest sending it to family or friends to have an extra set of eyes review it before submitting it!


Resumes are designed for recruiters or hiring managers to skim before setting up an interview. It will be nearly impossible to skim a resume that has long paragraphs without bullet points. No one wants to read a lengthy description of what you have done at a certain position. That is what an interview is for.

Summarize your work into bullet points. Bullet points are a great way to show your job requirements in a short, easy-to-read sentence. Paragraphs usually require more work for employers or recruiters, causing many to ‘give up’ and move onto another candidate.

Resume In Paragraph Form

Personal Information

Similar to a profile picture, personal information is not something you should add to your resume. Personal information is different from contact information.

Contact information includes name, email, address, and phone number. Personal information can be height, gender, age, and religion. Remember that employers cannot decide to hire a candidate based on personal information. Therefore, adding this information is a waste of time for you and the recruiter reviewing your resume.

Hobbies & Interests

Employers want to know about your hobbies and interests once they are interested in hiring you. Great work culture is essential for employers. However, employers do not want to know this about you on your resume. Your resume should only include things that show your ability to succeed at the company. Your Fantasy Football interest is not something that will help you succeed at most companies (Unless it is DraftKings or FanDuel).

Remember, your resume has limited space. Please do not waste it. Wait to discuss your interests and hobbies once you are asked in your interview!


References are essential when it comes to your job search. A list of references can make or break your chance at receiving a job offer. However, reference checks are the FINAL step in the hiring process.

The hiring process starts with submitting your resume, doing a quick phone interview, an in-person or virtual interview, then reference checks. Why would you submit your references on the first step of the process when it is the last thing employers look at? That is like the New England Patriots kicking a field goal on first down with 8 minutes left in the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Make sure to take those references off your resume and create a separate document for your references. Then, wait to send your references to an employer until you are asked to send them. Also, do not add “Reference Available Upon Request.”

Now that you know more about what you need to leave off your resume, are you ready to start applying? Here at City Personnel, our candidates are the backbone of our mission. Our ultimate staffing goal is to foster relationships with qualified professionals. We are committed to placing you in a position that complements your skillset and provides job satisfaction. 

To see a full list of our job openings, visit our Job Board! If we think you will be a good fit for the position, we will reach out and schedule and interview with one of our recruiters!

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