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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 .

(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 .)

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