June 28, 2013, 1:24 PM — When it comes to resumes, you hear a lot about typos, formatting, bad grammar and the like. But while you're so concerned about proof-reading, you might be missing critical errors that will tank your chances faster than a misplaced comma.
Here the most-important things not to mention on a resume, according to Darlene Zambruski, managing editor of ResumeEdge.com and JobInterviewEdge.com
Also avoid listing any professional experience more than 15 years old, as well as an exact number of years of experience.
"For example: 'senior accountant with more than 25 years of experience in...' - this kind of data invites age discrimination," Zambruski said.
Detailing tasks without results
Employers want to see benefits, not just a laundry list of duties. Instead of "reorganized help desk" go with "reorganized help desk, which led to a 60% increase in response time and trouble ticket resolution."
Explanations of anything negative
Keep clarifications off your resume, you can explain in the interview. All resumes and supporting documentation should be positive.
A list of every job you've held
"Recruiters and hiring managers are looking for relevance and stability," said Teddy Burriss, a career counselor and outplacement consultant. The key is to list the work you've done in the past 10 to 15 years that tells an employer you're a skilled, reliable fit for the job.
Employers don't care about marital status, race, sexual orientation or hobbies, unless they're relevant to the job.