Things to Cut from Your Resume NOW!
We usually try to cram as much information as we can into our resumes in hopes that more information is equivalent to landing the job…you couldn’t have been more wrong!
Here are a few things that you need to strike off your resume immediately if you’d like to be taken seriously at your next interview:
- Objective – if you’ve applied, it’s clear your obrjective is to land the job!
- Sift through your work experience and tailor all work experience to suit the experience required for the job that you are currently applying for.
- Refrain from including personal details like marriage status, home address, religious preference, social security numbmer, etc.
- Only one working phone number is necessary. Listing more than one forces the employer to have to “work” to call you back for an interview.
- No-one needs to know your hobbies if it’s not relevant to the job for which you are applying.
- Blatant lies – remember that any good employer fact checks all the information you provide on your resume, so honesty is the best policy here.
- Illegible text – try to keep your fonts and text size simple and legible. Leave enough white space around the edges of your submission, use simple fonts, nothing smaller than 11 point font and get to the facts! Also, try to minimize the number of bullets in your resume as it becomes overbearing for the reader and seems like nothing stands out. Bullets should only be used to draw attention to specific details within your resume.
- If you took time off to travel or raise a family, your prospective employer does not need to know this. This type of information will come out during the interview and should only be noted if it is asked.
- Details that give a way your age – Graduation dates are a tell tale sign of age. Remember that some employers may put your application aside if you seem too young or too old for a specific position even though you may possess all the required qualifications.
- References: Let your references know ahead of time that you’re using them on a resume and what position you’re applying for so that they are fully prepared to answer questions relevant to your job search. Refrain from putting “references to be furnished upon request” at the bottom of your resume. Either you list your references and their contact or just don’t have a references section. If a list of references was not requested in the vacancy advertisement, then it is not required and can be left off a resume.
- Don’t write your entire resume in the third or first person, it is only natural that everything on your resume is about you.
- Tense and formatting – Never write about your past job in the present tense and keep all formatting uniform. This makes it easy for the employer to quickly scan your resume and still be able to identify key qualifications and career goals.
- An unprofessional email address – don’t use email address on your resume that are less than professional. Consider creating a new one that’s simple and can be utilized solely for the purpose of submitting job applications.
- Do not put the number of your current place of employment as your contact number.
- Your current boss’ name – Do not include your current boss’ name in your resume unless it is someone noteworthy and would be otherwise impressive with your prospective employer.
- Company-specific jargon – Avoid referencing applications and software that was specific to the previous company with which you worked.
- Anything exceeding 15 years ago – Try not to list any work experience that happened 15 years or more in the past. On the same note, never include dates on education and certifications that are older than 15 years.
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