Prospective employers want to know about your skills and qualifications on your resume; they have no interest in your personal relationships.
It should go without saying, but don't include on your resume a reference to your marital status or dating life. These next applicants should have known better:
RESUME: "Enjoy ballroom dancing with my hot hubby."
You've twirled off track.
"PERSONAL: Single and looking."
For a job?
This next applicant truly seems to be in love -- with himself.
"OTHER QUALIFICATIONS: Attractiveness. I'm very attractive and have dated lots of women. They all thought I was really good-looking. I have a girlfriend right now. She tells me I am the most attractive guy ever."
He's never met a mirror he didn't like.
Your resume is a professional document, not a personal ad. Play up your most salient selling points rather than the people, places and pastimes you love most:
"PERSONAL: I love all kinds of music, from James Taylor and James Brown to the Black Eyed Peas and Justin Bieber."
At least we've found a disc jockey for our next company party.
"ABOUT ME: I love to go places on very short notice."
Be here for a job interview in five minutes!
RESUME: "I am an energetic father of two who loves pampering my little princesses."
Including this irrelevant detail was a royal mistake.
"HOBBIES: In my spare time, I love writing jokes. Like ha-ha funny ones."
Is there any other type?
"INTERESTS: Have a passion for fashion!"
The job is in IT. We'd settle for a flair for software.
For more real life examples of what NOT to put on your resume, visit http://www.resumania.com/ .
(Max Messmer is CEO of Robert Half International, a specialized staffing firm. Send examples to Resumania, c/o Robert Half International, 2884 Sand Hill Road, Suite 200, Menlo Park, Calif. 94025. Or, visit www.resumania.com .)
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