Whether you’re an entry-level applicant or an experienced employee looking for a new job, it’s very important to know how to properly write a resume. With so much competition out there, finding a job is very challenging since companies look for the best among thousands of applicants.
A resume must contain just enough information about yourself to pass the criteria for a job interview. There’s no way to ensure that you will get the job but you can write a perfect resume to help you get one.
Are you working on your resume? Unnecessary details such as the following will only crowd it. These details must be discussed in the interview instead.
Here are some tips and a list of information that you shouldn’t put on your resume.
- An objective: There’s no need to include this on your resume unless you are switching industries. Write only a brief summary.
- Multiple numbers: Recruitment officers will not go through all of your contact numbers. Just write the primary number that you’re using.
- Lies: Make sure that all the information in your resume is true and correct.
- Unnecessary words: Don’t use too many adjectives or adverbs.
- More than 15 years experience: Any work information that goes back more than 15 years is irrelevant.
- Reasons for leaving a company or position: You can explain this during the interview.
- Generic explanations of accomplishments: Quantify your accomplishments, ex. “Revenue grew by x% while I was on x project.”
- Short-term employment: Include only jobs where you stayed for at least one year.
Information that is irrelevant to the job you are applying for must not be included.
- Irrelevant work experiences: Don’t include the jobs you had that are relevant to the work you’re applying for.
- Hobbies: Leave this for small talk with future co-employees.
- Time off from work: If you were unemployed for a certain period of time you don’t have to write it in your resume.
- Your boss’ name: Unless your boss is noteworthy in the position you’re applying for, you don’t have to write his or her name.
- Company-specific jargon: The first person who will look at your resume is an HR professional who may not be familiar with your industry’s jargon.
- Social media URLs that are not related to the targeted position: Do not give links to your social media page or photos.
- Annoying buzzwords: Avoid using words like “go-getter”, “synergized”, or people pleaser
- Your GPA: You can write your GPA only if you are a fresh graduate with no experience or your GPA is higher than 3.8.
Although discrimination is against labor laws, some information like personal details might make you prone to it. Avoid including these in your resume.
- Personal details: Your marital status, religious preference, and political affiliation might be used as grounds for not hiring you.
- Details that give away your age: Companies usually hire people within an age bracket and if you’re not on that bracket you will be rejected.
- Your opinions: Leave these out unless you’re asked because your opinions like religious preference or political affiliation can be stereotyped.
Avoid including details that may compromise your security like
- Your complete mailing address: This information is irrelevant to the job. If the location of your home is relevant, just include the city.
- References with contact information: Companies do not usually ask for references. If they do, make sure your references have agreed to share their contact details.
- Your current business contact info: It’s very unprofessional to ask an HR officer to contact you on your work phone. Write your personal number instead.
- Salary information: Information about the salary must only be included during the interview process.
These things will leave a bad impression to your recruitment officer
- Too much text: Avoid writing a wall of text. Make descriptions as brief as possible.
- Too many bullets: Writing five bullets in a row looks like a wall of text,
- Inconsistent formatting: Your resume must be easy to read.
- Personal pronouns: Cut the pronouns. Your resume is about you.
- Present tense for a past job: It’s understood that your letting go of your past job so don’t refer to it in the present tense.
- A less-than-professional e-mail address: If necessary, make another e-mail address that is more professional.
- Headers, footers, tables, images, charts: Keep your resume easy to read. Do not include a chart if they don’t ask for one.
- Outdated fonts: Use Arial, Verdana, and Helvetica and avoid Times New Roman which is hard to read.
- Fancy fonts: Nobody will read your resume if it’s too fancy to read.
Here’s a video from Forbes that pretty sums it up.
Do yourself a favor and edit your resume based on these tips. Is your resume messy, outdated, and irrelevant? Your resume says a lot about who you are. You wouldn’t want to be labeled as such, right?
Source: Elite Readers, Forbes