10 Items To Take Out From Your Resume

Posted: October 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

1. Objective

 There was a time when every resume began with an objective statement. Today, these subjective statements are little more than fluffing that steal space from compelling content.

The vast majority of objectives say nothing. It is rare that an objective statement will help you, so it is usually best to take it out. Not to mention, it’s generally quite hard to write a good objective statement. After all, you are telling the company what you are looking for, when in fact; the firm isn’t there to help you achieve your goals.

2. Series of Short-Lived Jobs

If you had a series of jobs that you have held for short periods of time, it might be a good idea to take them out. You don’t want your resume looking disjointed and you don’t want employers to think you don’t have focus.

Some exceptions can be if you worked somewhere really prestigious that would make you look like a better job candidate or if you had a long period of unemployment and had nothing else to put in your resume. Still, even in those circumstances, be very cautious about what you include.

3. Personal Information

While you do need to include a certain amount of personal information to ensure that a technology recruiter contacts you, it is unprofessional to list a current business phone number or email address on your resume. Avoid confusing the recruiter with multiple phone numbers. List either your home number or cell phone, but make sure the voice mail greeting sounds professional. Personal email addresses should be nondescript and include your first and last name.

While you may think that including links to social media sites makes you appear young and hip, your LinkedIn profile is the only SM site that should be referenced on an IT professional’s resume. Details such as your current salary and future goals are topics that should be reserved for an in-person interview.

4. Information You Cannot Defend in an Interview

It goes without saying that outright lies should never be included on your resume, but over-embellishment also gets you in trouble. Even if your creative writing manages to land you an interview, employers find out quickly enough if you are not as capable as you have claimed. Being “familiar” with a software package or specific platform does not translate into you being able to create and manipulate detailed documents or complete complex projects.

You never want to be in a position where you are unable to demonstrate one of the “skills” listed on your resume. If you always remember to be honest and put your best foot forward, your employer becomes a valued reference in the future.

5. Photos

These may not be on your resume, but once a potential employer has your full name they might as well be. Polish all social networking profiles and remove any unprofessional or embarrassing photos.

Unless requested or depending on the industry, leave your photo out. You are not being judged on how you look, so including a photo will make you look unprofessional. If you are gray or balding, you might consider removing your photo during your job search.

6. Any Information That Can Cause Discrimination

Don’t mention anything like religion, social issues, or politics on your resume unless it’s relevant to the company you are applying to or if it reflects a strength that will add value to the job position. Readers of your resume may be able to glean that information through the affiliations and organizations you belong to, so be careful about what you put down.

Most of the time, it’s best to keep it neutral. Of course, you may not even want to work for an organization that doesn’t share your beliefs, so leaving this information in is up to your discretion.

7. Personal Interests

Personal interests should never appear on a resume. In other words, hiring managers shouldn’t care if you like cooking, fishing, basketball, sewing, or any other hobby. A resume should include work-related content, not personal content.

8. Basic Skills and Obvious Information

Unless a job description specifically mentions basic skills like typing, email, and so on, you shouldn’t include them on your resume. Furthermore, leave out obvious information that steals space from important information.

For example, the commonly used statement telling hiring managers that references are available upon request is obvious and unnecessary.

9. Long-winded Descriptions

Remember, hiring managers are very busy and typically have stacks of resumes to review when they have a job to fill. They won’t read through long paragraphs of text describing your experience, so keep your content short and sweet.

Use bullet points and action words. Don’t include subjective assessments of your work. Instead, show hiring managers what you have done with quantifiable examples that demonstrate your abilities.

10. Mistakes

This might seem like an obvious thing to omit from your resume, but the number of resumes hiring managers look at on a daily basis that include mistakes is very high. Review your resume for spelling, grammar, and formatting mistakes, and then review it again.

Use spell check. Read it backwards, and read it out loud. Take a break and read it again. Furthermore, you should never rely solely on proofreading your own work because you won’t catch all of the errors. With that in mind, be sure to give your resume to at least three other people to review, too.


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