Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Resume 101

A couple of weeks ago I ran across an article published by Business Insider that I could not agree more with in regard to information that you need to immediately remove from your resume. It is important to remember that your resume lands you the interview, not the actual job. If you get to a formal interview, that is the time to dive deeper into your experience – no need for your resume to look like a novel (the recruiter and hiring manager will appreciate that immensely).

Remove the following from your resume:
  •  Middle and high school Information
    • This becomes even more unnecessary if you have collegiate experience
  • Average or poor GPA
  • Passive language
    • "Familiar with"; "Learned how to"
  • A series of short-lived jobs
  • Photos
  • Objective statement
    • They can work against you and are very difficult to write
  • Really obvious skills
    • Example: Microsoft Word
  • Any information that can cause discrimination
    • Age, religion, political affiliation
  • Too personal of information
    • Social security number, marital status
  • More pages
    • Keep it to one page, trust me, that's all you need

Take it from me, if you omit the above information you will be left with a relevant and impactful resume. 

Happy job seeking!

To read the Business Insider article in its entirety, click on the link below.

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