When you’re hunting for a new job, there are a lot of things that need to be included on your resume, but there are also a lot of things that you should leave off.
Unnecessary content on your resume can pull your reader’s attention away from the best bits, and even worse, it could leave your reader with the wrong, negative impression.
Consider the following ‘skeletons’ hiding on your resume and why you should be dusting off the page.
An Objective Section
Somewhere along the line, most of us thought it was a good idea to put an objective section at the top of our resumes that told a hiring manager, yes, we’re looking for a new job and it happens to be the position currently available at your company.
Unless you’re changing careers or getting back into the workforce after a long absence, there’s no need to include an objective section. If you have one, get rid of it and replace it with a summary section that showcases your career highlights in a compelling way.
Referencing Yourself in the Third Person
If your name is John and you’re writing a sales position resume, don’t say “John is the ultimate team player who has smashed sales records from New York to Los Angeles!!”
Instead, write in the first person but omit the pronouns. For instance, you should write, “Has a track record of leading sales figures with multiple companies in the medical device industry.”
Overly Complicated Words
When you’re trying to impress someone else in a professional sense, it’s tempting to try to sound as smart as possible. However, using big fancy words just for the sake of it doesn’t show you’re intelligent: It just shows you thought to use a thesaurus.
When writing your resume, it’s a good idea to take a business casual approach. Be professional but use language that wouldn’t sound out of place around the water cooler. Above all else, make sure your resume sounds like you. If you like to be creative with language, go ahead and be creative. Just take a less-is-more approach and don’t go overboard.
Jobs From 15 Years that Aren’t Relevant to Your Current Work
Many people get jobs right after they leave school to get professional experience and pay the bills. These types of jobs might be good on a resume when you’re first startin, but if they aren’t relevant to what you’re doing now, you need to take them off your resume.
It’s helpful to remember that your resume it’s a deposition. You can omit that call center job you had right out of college if you’re currently crunching numbers as an accountant.
We Can Help You Refine Your Resume
At NSC, we often help people dust the cobwebs off their resume to make it a more focused document. If you are currently looking for a new job, consider asking us to look over your resume and offer some helpful suggestions. Contact us today to learn more.