Typecasting. It’s not just a problem for actors. Some items on your resume can give your future employer a picture of you that might not be the whole story -- and sometimes, that picture can cost you a call for an interview.
For example, maybe you were the president of the College Republicans. And maybe you worked one summer for a local Republican congressman. And maybe you minored in politics and made a short film for your thesis called “Romney vs. Zombies.” All totally acceptable life choices, but with that rundown on your resume, you’ve got a potential interviewer thinking about whether or not he wants to deal with you during November, or if you’ll be too preoccupied watching debates to read that stack of scripts on your desk...and his biggest client is George Clooney, husband to Amal and renowned Democrat, so how’s that gonna work?
Even though you might be the best candidate in the world and way more into film than politics, you never get the call. If your resume seems to tell a story that boxes you in, leave some stuff out.