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What not to put on your résumé

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You shouldn’t list jobs that you held for only a short time when you’re writing out your résumé because companies may view these temporary stints as a red flag, writes Lindsay Olson at U.S. News & World Report. “Employers look at short-term jobs as a sign that you’re flighty, and you want to avoid that perception at all costs,” she writes. Other résumé mistakes to avoid:

  • Irrelevant experience. You should leave previous jobs off your résumé if they don’t relate to the position you are seeking.
  • References. References are im­­portant, but there’s no reason to put them on your résumé. Employers know that you will supply references if they ask for them.
  • Reasons for leaving. Don’t ex­­plain why you left a previous position. “It’s much better to discuss this in person when you’ll have the opportunity to explain further, if necessary,” Olson writes.

— Adapted from “6 Things That Make You Look Amateur on Your Résumé,” Lindsay Olson, U.S. News & World Report.

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