if a previous position was unpleasant and you had a difficult manager,
you shouldn’t badmouth employers on your resume (or in a job
interview!): it just paints you in a negative light. Remember, this is a
document marketing you and your skills, so keep it positive. If you
need to share why your last boss won’t be providing a reference, you can
do so in person if you get further along in the interview process.
2. Irrelevant job experience
discerning about what job experience to include. Depending on what
stage your career is at, some early work experience may be unnecessary
to list, and may distract from your more pertinent employment history.
Promoting yourself and your experience in the best possible light means
making your CV clear, concise and relatively current.
3. A bad photo
on your industry and location, you may elect to add a photo to your
resume, but if you do, make sure that it’s a great one. It should be
high-resolution, professional-looking and current: grainy scanned images
from your last holiday won’t make the right impression. Showing that
you’re presentable will, so you may even wish to invest in a
professionally taken headshot. You should also use this photo on your
LinkedIn and other social media profiles, so you have a consistent
4. Your current work email address
a new, professional sounding email address while you’re job hunting.
This works much better than listing your current company address, which
could raise issues if anyone sees emails about interviews and job
offers. You can even purchase a domain name that’s your actual name,
which also solidifies your personal brand.
5. Career objectives
objectives are frequently unnecessary, since they are usually indicated
by the fact that you’re applying for the job. If you want to add
personality to your resume, you may wish to include a brief personal
statement, to give a flavour of your interests and passions.