The piece of information you should always leave out of your resume

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.

Sports that aren’t safe to do in pregnancy

There are very many articles out there praising the benefits of exercising in pregnancy for your health and your baby’s wellbeing. And that’s great! But you should also know that there are certain activities and types of exercise you are better off avoiding while pregnant. Here they are:

Cycling

If you’re a master at cycling and you know of an area where you can do that safely, maybe you can give it a go once in a while, provided that you are very careful. But in the park or on the street there are multiple distractions, obstacles can appear where you would least expect them and the chances of falling are too high.

If you’ve never learnt how to ride a bicycle, now it’s definitely not the time. Wait until after the baby is born or, if you’re patient enough, you can learn together when he/she gets old enough.

Jogging

If you love running and you used to do it constantly before getting pregnant, you don’t have to give up on it immediately unless, of course, your doctor recommends otherwise. Still, you’ll have to slow the pace, make sure you stay hydrated and always listen to your body. If you feel that something’s wrong, stop!

If you got pregnant and you think that this would be a good time to set up a healthy habit, think again! Instead of running, which can be dangerous for both you and your baby, try power walking. It is highly efficient and it does not constitute a danger for your pregnancy.

Contact sports

Volleyball, football, handball, basketball and team sports in general should be avoided during pregnancy because there is a high risk of getting hurt.

Skiing and snowboarding

We know, they’re so much fun and so hard to give up to. But the risk of hurting yourself and the baby is too high.

Horse riding

This one is forbidden during pregnancy not only because the chances of an accident are too high, but also because the shock waves that go through your body when horse riding are too strong for a pregnant women and especially for the baby.

Diving

Diving is dangerous because when you depressurize tiny air bubbles can form into your blood and these are dangerous for you even if you’re not pregnant, but they’re particularly dangerous for the baby.