You are probably aware that your resume should generally not include information about your health, marital status, religious or political beliefs (unless you are applying for a job with a religious or political organization) and hobbies. You do not need to state “references available” or to give a salary range (although you may have to include salary information in your cover letter if you are applying for a job with a recruiter).
However, lately some job applicants have raised some interesting questions about other items. So I’d like to go on record to state:
- You should not provide your grade point average unless (a) it is very high (above 3.5 GPA) and you are a recent graduate; (b) it is required in the job announcements; or (c) you graduated with honors.
- You should not provide scores related to personality or IQ tests, including Myers-Briggs. However, these tests and analyses, including DISC profiles (which are available at Robin’s Resumes®) can be very useful in writing your resume so your brand reflects YOU.
- You should not include details of jobs you held more than 15 years ago, unless they are relevant to the position you are seeking; all those skills and achievements are taken for granted at your current level. Depending on the situation you are looking for, you may decide to omit the very old jobs.
Are you uncertain what to include and what to omit from your resume?
At Robin’s Resumes®, we make sure your resume has the quality information that attracts recruiters and hiring managers and none of the information that sends them running.