What we all want, when building our resume, is to prove that we are valuable candidates, who should at least be called in for an interview. Therefore, some information, such as your marital status or how many kids you have may be completely irrelevant, because they add no value to it. You can mention your hobbies, but only if they’re at least broadly connected to the job you’re applying for or if they say something about certain qualities you have and want to emphasize. But don’t fill your resume with information that’s just noise to recruiters and that will distract their attention from what matters most. And, yes, even bore them.
You’re probably thinking right now that you’ve met numerous people who are masters at embellishing their resume and it worked just fine for them so far. But before jumping to any conclusion, ask yourself the following question: how much experience do these people have? Are they very well known in their field? Do they work in a creative/artistic field? Are they people who are truly talented and who have created truly interesting resumes? If you’ve answered all these questions and you feel like you’re these people’s equal, then you can bend these rules a little. But not the next one.
So what is the piece of information that you should never add to your resume? Your political preferences. Research has shown that recruiters tend to be suspicious of people who mention their political preferences in their resume. In a paper published by professor Shanto Ivengar, professor at Stanford University and Sear Westwood from Princeton University, quoted by career-services.monster.com the authors say that introducing your political preferences in your resume – directly or even in a more subtle manner – can be more powerful than introducing info about race.
1000 job applicants were included in the study and the results showed that even when the candidates had a superior professional background than the others, they were rejected on political considerations. More exactly, in 80% of the case the recruiters hired candidates with the same political affinities as themselves.
So, according to the authors of the study, if the job you’re applying for is not in politics, you should be be careful to never-ever mention your political preferences on your resume, that is, if you really want that job.