Friday, May 31, 2013

4 Space-Wasting Resume Items

Resume editing is a tiresome task but it has to be done if you want to have the best chance of being noticed by employers. Much of this process involves tweaking text but it also involves taking out unnecessary items that ultimately waste valuable space.

It's never easy to determine what is necessary include in a resume. There are a lot of factors that go into this decision: Does it grab the hiring manager's attention? Is it formatted in a way that is pleasing to the eye? Some job seekers think it's best to include too much information rather than too little but, if all of that content is little more than fluff, your application could end up in the rejection pile very quickly.

Next time you are cleaning up your resume, make sure to exclude these four items:

  • Objective Statement: Employers already know that you are looking for a job so there's no need to include an objective statement in your resume.
  • "References Available Upon Request:" It's already expected that you will provide references if an employer asks for them.
  • Irrelevant Information: Don't waste space in your resume with information that is not relevant to the job in question. For instance, if you are applying for a fundraising manager position, you shouldn't list a previous job you had as a baker.
  • Personal Information: Employers do not need to know what you look like or what you like to do in your spare time. For the purposes of selecting a new employee, they primarily want to know what you can do to help them. 

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