TVNewser Jobs PRNewser Jobs AgencySpy Jobs SocialTimes Jobs

What Not To Put On Your Resume: Part 1

What Not To Put On Your Resume
What not to put on your resume: scribbles. flickr: kafka4prez, share alike.

Jane Ashen Turkewitz is a contract media recruiter and the President of T & Jam Resume Services, where she writes resumes for media and entertainment professionals. She is also the Editor of

I interviewed some of the top media recruiters in New York to find out what they don’t like to see in a resume. There really is no scientific reasoning as to what people like or dislike, just a bunch of strong opinions. Some recruiters like personal information, others don’t. Some prefer a two-page resume, some one. Take a read and decide for yourself how you might want to update your resume accordingly.

Karen Danziger, from the Howard-Sloan-Koller Group, specializes in placing folks in editorial, production and creative. Here’s what she feels strongly about:

  • Skills-based resumes are just all around bad. She wants to see resumes in chronological format and believes it’s uber-important to have months alongside your dates of employment. Years alone make it look like you are hiding a short stint somewhere.
  • No “I” or “me” or “my” please.
  • Lay off the canned, industry buzzwords and focus on substance.
  • Don’t bother with the personal information —i.e., married with two kids; avid boater, etc. She says that many recruiters actually delete this information.
  • Don’t waste your time hyping the companies you worked for. Instead, focus on your job and responsibilities.

As a media recruiter and resume writer, you bet I’ve got some opinions of my own on this topic. To check them out, visit, where I analyze what these top recruiters say and give my two cents.

Ed. note: More coming next week!

Mediabistro Course

Freelancing 101 Online Boot Camp

Freelancing 101Starting April 28, this online event will show you the best way to start your freelancing career, from the first steps of self-advertising and marketing, to building your schedule and managing clients. By the end of this online boot camp you will have a plan for making a profitable career as a freelancer, and the skill set to devote yourself to it. Register now!