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Some Don’ts

Your religion
There is absolutely no need to mention your religion, unless you are applying for a job in an institution run by a particular community. Companies and organizations as such are not concerned with your religion.
Your family background
Employers are not interested in knowing the achievements of your parents or other relatives. You are selling your own working capability and not that of your family members.
Dependents/family members
Some job seekers try to show that they have dependent parents or other family members and, therefore, they deserve the job. This may negatively influence your selection as your prospective employer might fear that due to your large family, you may not be able to devote your attention fully to the ­organization. However, if you are married, you must mention it along with the number of children.
Preference for place of living
For senior positions you should always be mobile. Your preference to stay near your home town or near your family may be considered a weak point. It is better to avoid such details in your application.
Job Security
For an efficient person there is job security in every organization. Therefore, never give an indication in your résumé or application that your present job is not secure or you have any fears of losing it.
In case you do not like much travelling and your present job involves a lot of travelling, do not indicate this as a reason for leaving the present job. This will not be viewed positively by your prospective employer.
Late Sitting
Never mention in your application that your present job involves a lot of late sitting. This will not give a good impression.

Build the Résumé that Employers Want

Vandana Parwez has read student résumés on college and ­university campuses throughout the nation. She has poured over pages of bond, vellum and plain printer paper in hotel rooms, airports and airplanes. She has seen faxed résumés, e-mailed résumés and ­résumés posted on the Internet. Very little surprises her. She knows how to quickly scan paper and electronic documents, to pull out the ones they’d like to examine more closely and to toss the others aside.
Vandana, a recruiter for an insurance major in Chennai, says she looks at the education portion of a résumé first. “I look for the ­degree, the major, and the graduation date,” she says. “And, of course, the work experience in years and places. It’s kind of a lump sum of things that I look for.” Most of the recruiters these days, like Vandana, agree that apart from containing the education, skills and ­experience they seek, a résumé needs to communicate those elements clearly and be free of glaring grammatical and spelling errors.
MYTH: Faultless résumés—grammar, spelling and punctuation—are not needed for technical interviews.
FACT: Improper grammar and spelling errors say something about your abilities, your attention to details, and your neatness. Have someone else proofread your letters. Sloppiness and errors will end your candidacy.

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