What NOT to Include on Your Resume

Your healthcare IT resume is valuable real estate. It needs to be kept as brief as possible while highlighting your past employment and skills in the best possible light. Therefore, it’s important to include the best of the best on your resume.

While it is important to include as much positive information as possible, it is equally important to know what NOT to include on your resume. Because your resume is one of the most valuable marketing tools in your job search, you want to ensure that you are including information that is relevant to your career goals, and removing anything that does support those goals. Here are some phrases NOT to include on your next resume submission.


Do not include the line “healthcare IT references available upon request.” It is completely pointless and a waste of space. Both you and the hiring managers know that you are going to produce references simply because in ninety nine out of one hundred cases they will be required.  Just be sure that you have a reference page, formatted to match your resume, ready to hand over at the interview. Having it together ahead of time and ready right away may help leave a good impression. Sometimes, it’s the little things that set you apart from the crowd!

Generic Statements

Statements such as “highly skilled,” “reliable,” or “energetic team player” are generic and really do not put you in a positive light. If anything, they show you as someone who has not really considered the alternative. If you have been doing anything at all, then you have skills. Show what you have done with those skills instead of using a phrase that means nothing. “Energetic team player”?  What else is there, a lethargic loner? And would you really put that on a resume, anyway?! Being energetic and a team player are expected work traits and should not be highlighted on your resume. It strikes a hiring manager as trying to fill blank space on the page. The same is true of “reliable.” If you aren’t reliable, then you will not last long.

Writing a great resume is not difficult if you create a document that matches the needs of the employer, as well as effectively communicates your skills and expertise. Look at your resume the way an employer would and update it accordingly.

You own the space and you need to make it work for you, and your job search.

About the author


Erin Kennedy

Erin Kennedy, CPRW, CERW, BS/HR, is a Certified Professional Resume Writer/Career Consultant, and the President of Professional Resume Services. She is a nationally published writer and contributor of nine best-selling career books.