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Resume Makeover: What Not to Include on Your Resume as an Indian Job Seeker


Attention Indian job seekers! Are you including unnecessary information on your resumes? While reviewing resumes for positions during my corporate life in the past and now for CRAMbridge, I often come across resumes that contain irrelevant or redundant details. A resume is a document that showcases your skills, achievements, and qualifications for a specific job. It is not a biography or a personal statement. Therefore, you should avoid including irrelevant or unnecessary details that do not add value to your profile.


To make sure your resume stands out for the right reasons, here's what you should avoid:


Personal Information: In India, it is common to include personal details like age, marital status, religion, and caste on resumes. These are personal and sensitive information that have nothing to do with your professional abilities. They can also expose you to potential harassment or prejudice from employers or recruiters who may have different views or beliefs than you.


Your photo: Unless you are applying for a job that requires your appearance, such as a model or an actor, there is no need to include your photo on your resume. It can create bias or discrimination based on your looks, age, gender, or ethnicity.


Your hobbies or interests: Unless they are directly related to the job or demonstrate some relevant skills, your hobbies or interests are not important for your resume. They can take up valuable space and distract from your core competencies and achievements.


Your references: You do not need to list your references on your resume. You can provide them later if the employer asks for them. Also, make sure you ask for permission from your references before giving their contact details to anyone.


Irrelevant Work Experience: Including every job you have ever had, even if it is not relevant to the position you are applying for, can clutter your resume and distract from your relevant experience. Tailor your resume to the job you are applying for by highlighting the most relevant experience.


Your salary expectations or history: You should not mention your salary expectations or history on your resume. This can limit your negotiation power and make you seem either overqualified or underqualified for the job. You can discuss salary matters during the interview stage or after receiving an offer.


Unprofessional Email Address: Your email address is often the first thing a recruiter sees when they open your resume. Ensure that your email address is professional and appropriate for the workplace.


By avoiding these common mistakes, you can make your resume concise, relevant, and professional. Good luck with your job search!


Swapnil, CRAMbridge eLearning


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