Grab a pen right now and strike out the useless items below. They can and will put you at an unfair disadvantage if you include them on your resume. How so? Hiring managers are human. And where there are humans, there is room for unintentional discrimination, stereotypical thinking and general assumptions that could keep you from getting the job you want. So, get rid of:
Date of Birth: Who wants to be subject to people’s generational opinions or opinions about whether you are too old or too young to have the experience they need?
Marital status and your spouse’s military rank: Neither of them are relevant to the job, ever. If they are, it’s probably not a fair work environment.
Number and ages of dependents: Whether you care for children or other family members is no business of your employer.
Religious beliefs shouldn’t matter unless you are being hired to work in that arena. For example, being a Christian might be relevant to teaching religion classes at a Christian school, but not to teaching math at a public school.
Hobbies: Unless they show a lot of experience in the job you want (computer repair, for instance) hobbies almost never have value-added. Volunteer work might though, especially if it hints at your skills (planning community events might be directly related to jobs that require excellent communication, organizing, and project management skills).
Photo: What you look like has no bearing on your capabilities. If hiring managers really want to see you, they can invite you to an interview or check you out on social media sites. And, even though there isn’t much you can do about whether they find you online, you can make sure that your online image represents you well.
Salary history: Employers want to pay the lowest possible salary for the most qualified candidate. It makes good business sense. So, unless salary is required to be included (like on a federal application), take it off. Otherwise, you might be offered a salary that is much lower than what you want, just because of what you were paid in the past. And, if you didn’t receive what you felt you deserved then, why stay stuck at that pay?
Reasons you left past jobs: If you left a job because your military spouse was re-assigned, you were fired, or you just hated the job, and that’s what you say on your resume, employers might eliminate you from the running. So, delete it from the resume now, and prepare a truthful, but well-stated reply if asked about it in the interview.
What other items do you think might cause an unfair disadvantage to a job hunter if it is included on her resume?