Your resume is one of the most important things when trying to get a job, yet employers spend mere seconds weeding through them. You want to make yours stand out in a good way. If you're wondering why you're not getting any leads from all the resumes you've sent out, chances are your resume itself is to blame.
Follow the guidelines below of what you should take off of your resume:
Be honest with the information you include on your resume. With various new programs for employers to check the authenticity of your information, trying to fudge is useless and damaging.
It takes a whole five minutes to set up an email account. Never include an email account like "numba1playerrr" on your resume. If you don't already have one, set up an email account that is clear and professional.
Unless you have a 4.0, don't include it. Even if your GPA is still relatively high, you're just admitting that those with a 4.0 GPA are better than you. Unless you are specifically asked to include it, leave it out.
A laundry list of hobbies on your resume is a sure-fire way to not get a job. Your recreational activities are best saved for an interview (provided you are asked about them.) Including your hobbies on your resume can be seen as unprofessional and uncommitted.
Only include relevant experience on your resume. Including your teenage job at the corner diner is not necessary and only takes up space for more important things. If it's not relevant to the job, don't include it.
Unless you are specifically asked to include references, leave them out. If your employer wants to check up on you, they can ask for this information later.
Be sure to check with a reference before you include them on your resume. You don't want your potential employer to call them up and be met with dead silence on the other end while your reference tries to remember who you are.
Generally your employer will not ask for your salary expectations to be included on your resume. This will be discussed at a later date in an actual interview. Including your expected salary on your resume can only hurt your chances.
Save the jokes and sarcasm for the work party. Being comedic on your resume may make your employer think you're not taking the position seriously and will most likely consider your resume a waste of their time.
Never include your picture on your resume. It is illegal for employers to hire based on personal appearance, nationality, gender, etc. Plus, it will most likely make you seem arrogant or conceded.
Bottom line is, don't include anything on your resume that is not relevant to the position. If you have to ask yourself if you should include it, the answer is probably no. Therefore, refrain from including personal information like family size, age, political preferences, marital status, religious beliefs, etc.