10 Things to Leave Off Your Résumé

Your résumé contains a lot of information about you, but it doesn't have to include everything. See pictures of corporate life.
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Most of us know what key things we should put on our résumés -- recent jobs, important awards, academic degrees related to the job, and of course a clear and easy way for your potential employer to contact you. But how much do you know about the things you should never put on a résumé? Are there résumé items so heinous they might disqualify you from even being considered for the job?

You might not be aware that résumé styles have changed quite a bit in recent years. Things that were de rigueur on résumés 10 years ago are passé today. Read this list of 10 résumé killers to find out why that objective you spent an hour writing is a waste of space, why a potential employer might throw your résumé straight into the garbage if you mention your religion, and why references have no place on a modern résumé. Let's start with our first no-no: a picture is not worth a thousand words.