List of things you need to Update and Remove from your Resume
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Updating your resume? Here’s a list of stuff you might consider changing and removing. This list is in no particular order.
Isn’t it obvious you want the job? Put a little more effort and try to write a brief summary, at least one to two sentences of your career goal. You can personalize this depending on which job post and company you are applying for.
2. Irrelevant work experiences
Sure, you might have been the “king of the kitchen” for several years at your previous work but you decided to pursue your passion in accounting. Unless you plan to redeem that title, better get rid of that clutter. But if you can justify the relevance of your previous work experience with your target position, go ahead, impress your interviewer.
3. Your Age
This is not a Bio-data form or a medical form. Obviously, you are of legal age and old enough to apply for the job that’s why you are there. Also, if you don’t want to be discriminated for a job position because of your age, better remove that graduation date also.
4. Too much text
This is not an essay you have to submit in college wherein you have to meet the specific page requirements. Keep your sentences brief and concise, you will have your chance of explaining them further later on during your interview. Some of the best resumes are outlined in one or two pages.
5. Inconsistent format
The format of your resume is just as important as the contents. The best format is where the hiring manager will be able to scan and understand your resume and note your key qualifications for the job post. Be consistent with how you format even your dates, if you choose DD/MM/YYYY, this should be the same all through out your paper.
6. E-mail address
If you are still using your old email address from college like, [email protected] or [email protected], time to make a new one. You can follow the format of company e-mails where they use your first name initials and your last name, or something that would sound more professional.
7. Blatant lies
Don’t include job titles you never had or companies that you never worked with. Hiring managers are more forgiving than what you think, if your stepping up to a job position that requires a certain job title that you never had but you have relevant experience to qualify for it, invest on that.
8. Tables, graphs, charts or images
Fancy embedding will only make your resume unprofessional and confusing. Sure, it looks cool and easy to understand if you graph numbers, but can you really measure your communication skills in percentages?
9. Personal information
No need to put your marital status, religion or your parents name. Sure it might have been standard in the past but not anymore, plus you have to consider the safety from identity theft.
10. Your current Employer contact info
Do you really want employers looking for you at work? Some big companies have recordings of their phone calls, if not, they can monitor your emails. Don’t forget that co-worker who’s always eves dropping on everyone’s conversations. So if you don’t want to be questioned of your loyalty to the company, better not include your business contact information.
11. Your Boss’ name
If you’re not that close to your boss, or your not yet ready to tell him or her that your considering other employment options, better not include their name. Do you really want a potential employer calling your boss about you?
You may have an impressive collection of shoes, but if it’s not relevant to the job you are applying for, better leave that one out.
If an employer ask for character references, they’ll ask you for it. It does not help if you put your town Mayor’s name on your resume. And you have to make sure that those references know who you really are and that they might be contacted by a future employer so better inform them.
14. Grammar and spelling
Make sure you check your grammar and spelling. Example, never describe past work experience using the present tense.
15. Personal Social media URL’s or Websites
Do you really want an employer plowing through your social media profile? Or checking out that fan-site you created for your favorite band. Unless it’s related, don’t include it.
Some companies use internal jargon for specific process or job titles. Don’t include them, they don’t make your job title sound cooler, plus it’s going to be a hassle to explain each one of them.
17. Outdated or Fancy Fonts
Try to not to use outdated fonts like Time New Roman or fancy fonts like Bradley Hand ITC, the goal is to make you resume look nice and sleek, but also professional and easy to read. The harder it is to read your resume, the faster a hiring manager will lose interest on you.
18. A 2×2 or 1×1 photo of yourself
Sure it may have been the norm in the past or maybe in the future, but it just looks tacky, weird and very distracting. Don’t worry, you’ll have other chances to show off that graduation picture of yours.
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