We all talk a fair game about what needs to be on your résumé, but there’s also plenty of stuff that should be removed. The fluff. The blabber. The full-on oddities. And even some of the details you think are important.
Here’s the thing: If you want a shot at grabbing your target audience and showing them what you’re made of, every section of your résumé needs to be thoughtfully constructed, and every word carefully placed.
Here are a few things you should strike from your résumé right now.
1. An Objective
Does your résumé have a generic objective statement or a rambling quote on top of it? While you think that it will add depth to your résumé, the reality is that the recruiters are very well aware that your résumé is written to target their jobs and that you have the skills and experience for that particular role. Stand out of the crowd by replacing the objective statement with a qualifications-based statement or introduction (summary) that highlights to the reader what you have to offer to their organisation.
2. Every Job You Have Ever Had
The past experiences of your career can be collated with one line per job showing employer name, job title and dates. Try not to display every job you have ever you have done. There are chances that the last five work experiences may only be considered while shortlisting your résumé. Remember, not the quantity but the quality of work done is all that matters.
3. Inconsistent Formatting
The format of your résumé is just as important as its content.
The best format is the format that will make it easiest for the hiring manager to scan your résumé and still be able to pick out your key qualifications and career goals.
Once you pick a format, stick with it. If you write the day, month, and year for one date, then use that same format throughout the rest of the résumé.
4. Present Tense For a Past Job
Never describe past work experience using the present tense. Only your current job should be written in the present tense.
5. A Less-Than-Professional Email Address
If you still use an old email address, like CoolestJohnDoe@gmail.com or PrincessJane123@yahoo.com, it’s time to pick a new one.
It only takes a minute or two, and it’s free.