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What NOT to write in your resume
Published: Sep-13-2012

While there are countless sites/ articles on what to do with your resume; here is my list of what not to write in your resume. I have seen these mistakes repeated on profiles for Chief Operating Officer roles to Mid-level Managers


  • Please do not write that you are a “hardcore professional" – in times of double entendres this is not such a good idea and what does it even mean ?



  • Do not claim to be a social technology guru unless you are Zuckerberg , Bezos , Reid Hoffman , Omidyar... or someone of a  similar stature


  • Actually do not claim to be a guru ! In whatever field- unless you are at the stature mentioned above



  • Most of the time writing an objective is not such a good idea and if yours is to become an entrepreneur – why are you even applying for this job


  • Do not write lengthy sentences in the first page and certainly not half page paragraphs; They are not going to be read , unless, your mother or prospective father-in-law decides to read your profile


  • Getting into an IIT is an achievement but not when it happened 10- 20 years back; I am sure you would have more “achievements “ to talk about since then


  • An Achievement should ideally be supported by a number


  • Increasing sales/ productivity by 40%- 70% is great – but please make sure the denominator is something worthwhile


  • If you have changed a job every year in the last 5 years- there are better ways to put it across than putting it on the first page


  • Using a skill in one project or for last 1 month does not make it an expertise; in doing so you dilute your real expertise.


  • A training does not mean expertise


  • Please do  not claim that you are from IIM, XLRI, IIT,  Harvard, MIT  ....if all that you have done is a 2 month training from there, its okay to mention this if you have a training section. 


     Omar Farooq

Founder & CEO - AceProHR


  • May-20-2013
    Good stuff, must be considered while writing resume!
    vijay gupta | May-20-2013 12:28 PM
  • May-07-2013
    Good One ! Omar ! Enjoyed reading them.
    Rohil Khanna | May-07-2013 12:00 PM
  • Jan-23-2013
    Spot on. When it comes to real expertise, I think the work we do will speak for itself, so I agree there is no requirement to blow your own horn. Good work.
    Sridhar Athreya | Jan-23-2013 03:22 PM
  • Jan-22-2013
    very valid points Omar. CV writing is one of the toughest thing to do.......... Do u offer to help ???
    leena nagpal yadav | Jan-22-2013 02:42 PM
  • Jan-21-2013
    List is precise & apt ! Good One !!
    Shreekant | Jan-21-2013 08:16 PM
  • Nov-17-2012
    The points are really must be noted by all.
    Tarique Jawed | Nov-17-2012 08:11 PM
  • Oct-21-2012
    I agree with your perspective on this topic .I also see lot of people mentioning a long list of skills ,which are many times copied or are too common to be a differentiotors .
    Rajshekhar Arasada | Oct-21-2012 02:24 PM

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