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12 Things That Should Never be on a Potential Hire’s Resume

What’s one thing you never, ever want to see on a resume from a potential hire?

The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library and email lessons.

1. Too Many Jobs

Jumping around from job to job is never a good sign. It raises a number of questions about the candidate: Was he fired? Can he not commit? Does he not know what he wants? Is he a freelancer? Is he full-time? The point being: I’d always steer clear of someone who jumps around.
– Anson SowbyRocket XL

2. A Lie

When I interview someone, I really want to get to know the person because hiring you is a big investment for us. I will ask you about everything you’ve done, what you’re involved in and what you learned. If you get tripped up on something or it’s clear you’re making it up, then the meeting is over. Never put anything on your resume that you didn’t really do.
– Trace

3. “Proficient in Microsoft Office”

Seriously? It’s the 21st century. Being proficient in Microsoft Office is no longer a skill — it’s a given or a “you better be.” It kills me when I see that on resumes!
– Shahzil (Shaz) AminBlue Track Media, LLC

4. The Word “Strategy”

I actively scan resumes for the word “strategy.” When I see it too many times, I know this person is not a doer. Doers tell you about what they have done, what they have accomplished and the projects they worked on. Non-doers will tell you about things they were “around.” The word strategy seems to come up far too often.
– Adam LiebDuxter

5. The Term “Expert”

If someone truly is an expert, he or she won’t be looking for a job. Employers will seek him or her out.
– Jim BelosicPancakes Laboratories/ShortStack

6. A Hotmail Email Address

It is biased to criticize someone’s choice of email provider, but when I see or email address, I can honestly say I’m swayed in the wrong direction. Working at a startup or small company in today’s market requires an adept mind that’s able to adjust and adopt new paradigms on the fly. Not being able to swap your email account to something current suggests risky limitations.
– Derek ShanahanPlayerize

12 College Experiences You Need on Your Resume [Infographic]

We’re always scouring the web for new resources and tools to help your career, including this fantastic piece from Boundless, an infographic titled “12 College Experiences Your Resume Needs”…

A few notes:

1. In your Freshman year, you’ll be tempted to party, skip classes and do the very minimum you have to do to get by. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t enjoy college. You should. Like Uncle Ben told Peter Parker, “with great power comes great responsibility.” Be responsible.  Join a club. My recommendation? Join Enactus on campus. You’ll gain some serious “on the ground” experience, have access to an AWESOME corporate network (remember, you want to get a job when you graduate) and you get to enable human progress.

2. I say that leaders aren’t born. They’re made. It takes a lot to become a leader. Figure out what you’re passionate about, take a risk and volunteer to lead. Whether it’s part of a club, Student Government or simply leading a class project, you’ll gain some fantastic experience. It’s okay to follow as well. Leaders need followers. Which one will YOU be?

3. You can always learn something from guest speakers. Be curious. Have an open mind. Just because Joe the Garbage Man is tonight’s guest speaker doesn’t mean you won’t learn anything. I’ve met Joe before. He’s pretty awesome.

4. This is part of being a leader (see #2.) Build your leadership profile on campus. There are lots of options!

5. Intern, intern, intern. The BIG companies might not be hiring Freshmen and Sophomores, BUT local companies typically are. Use your time wisely. Learn how an company operates from the inside, what you’re good at and what you’re not so great at…it’s all part of the experience. When you’re done, the internship experience should help you make better choices when you’re ready to work full-time. You know, that way you don’t get hired and say to yourself “WHAT WAS I THINKING?”  You’ll know because as an intern, you’ve already figured out the hard part.

6. Speak only 1 language? Congratulations. So do the majority of the people on the planet. Set yourself apart and learn a new language. I’d suggest Spanish, French, German or Mandarin Chinese. PS. I’m currently learning Spanish through Rosetta Stone – it’s a lot easier than I thought it would be!

7. IT is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. Coders will rule the world. That’s what everyone is saying anyway. When you pick your major, think about the future. I love English Literature, but there’s not a whole lot you can do in the real world with that major. Think broader and look into science, technology, engineering or mathematics. In a few years, you might be glad you did!

8. Get on LinkedInNOW. Do not pass GO. Do not collect $200. A digital presence is becoming more and more important these days and believe it or not, employers don’t really care about your Facebook profile, MySpace (yes – it’s back) or Twitter profile. LinkedIn is different. Every Fortune 500 CEO is on LinkedIn. This is NOT something you want to wait to do until you have that first job. Be proactive. Start your LinkedIn profile today. Add in your leadership and work experience as you gain it. Connect with classmates, coworkers, mentors and those in and outside of your industry of preference.

9. In the global economy, it’s important to learn about different cultures. The best way to experience them is through travel. If you have the chance to study abroad, even better.  Remember, that major of International Business doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to work overseas.