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Keep it professional, a little less personal

"HEALTH: Blood type-O, RH positive; blood donor 16 times; Diseases: chickenpox, measles, mumps, tonsillitis."

The categorization didn't stop there. This job seeker went on to list fractures, minor and major operations, occasional symptoms and even a tendency to develop seasonal health-related conditions. The health category of his resume took up more space than everything else combined, including his qualifications for employment.

"HEALTH: Trick knee. Impairs only hard labor such as playing basketball."

We might have to discuss your definition of "hard labor."

Including too much personal information in your cover letter or resume stands in the way of your ability to present your qualifications, achievements, educational information and other work-related matters of interest to potential employers. Still, many candidates can't resist.

"PERSONAL: Height 6'2", weight 195, blue eyes, sandy blond hair and a great tan."

Are you looking for a job or a date?

While some job seekers include personal information to give hiring managers a greater sense of who they are, it's inappropriate to include health-related statements.

"HEALTH: Family trait _ longevity of life. Blood pressure 110/70."

Congratulations.

_ SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS SERVICE

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