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What Not to Include on Your Resume

Wondering what to include (or not) on your resume?

Given the number I've seen with the following no-no's, many others are wondering the same thing!

Here's some quick-wins when creating, or updating your resume that will help elevate your content and pass the first 7-second skim.


I often see resume's listing the candidates full mailing address. This is too much personal information!

It also allows the reader to consciously, or unconsciously, make assumptions based on your location (geographical bias).


  • If you're applying for a position in/near the same city, simply note your city and province: "Edmonton, AB".

  • If you're applying for a position that would require re-location, you may want to leave your location off your resume completely, and address your willingness to relocate in your cover letter.


Unless the job posting asks for your references, it's accepted practice to provide them at (or after) an interview.

No need to note "References Available Upon Request" either.

Use this space on your resume to either allow for more white space (aides in quick digestion when skimming), or to include more valuable information that elevates your edge.


Hiring managers/recruiters are human, and human's are full of unconscious bias.

At this stage of the process, you should be evaluated on your skill, experience, and competencies.

A headshot opens you up to being evaluated by your gender, ethnicity, age, etc.

It's not relevant information at this point, so you don't need to include it.


While understanding that you are more than your work experience - your resume isn't the time to detail all your extra-curricular activities.

This can be woven into an interview, or perhaps an information connection by email.

You only get 7 seconds to land in the 'yes, no, or maybe' pile - use it wisely!

Tip: Include some volunteer information, but do so strategically. I can help you figure out the best way to note this without cluttering or watering down your key messaging.


Not sure what else to include (or not to)? I can help!

Email today and we can ensure your resume avoids these, and other, common traps so you can #standoutgethired.

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