The goal of a resume is to present your professional side to hiring managers and show them they need to hire you. However, there may be a few words or phrases lurking on your resume that will deter this mission. Delete these nine things on your resume immediately:
Your Unprofessional Email Address
If you’re still using that cute or edgy email address from high school, delete that account and create a new one using your name and/or initials. Email is often your first correspondence with hiring managers, and you don’t want them to see an unprofessional address at the top of your resume. Also, if you’re currently employed elsewhere, do not put your current company email address!
Do not start every sentence with, “ Responsible for…” It will make your resume very bland and boring to read. Plus, you should also be focusing on your achievements, as well as your responsibilities! If you have writer’s block, look up some resume verbs to spice it up.
To echo the above, delete tired phrases and clichés, like “team player,” “hard working,” “dedicated,” “detail-oriented” or “people person.” They are overused and only water down the unique skills and experience you bring to the table.
Old and Irrelevant Experience
If you have experience listed that is more than 15-years-old, delete! If you have experience that is irrelevant to the job you’re applying to, delete! Only allow recent and relevant experience on your resume; everything else just wastes space.
Decades and decades ago, photos on resumes were commonplace. Nowadays, if you put a photo on your resume, you will look unprofessional and out of touch.
If you lie or exaggerate on your resume, the hiring manager will eventually find out, and it will jeopardize your candidacy or your employment. Delete any fibs right away.
Grammar and spelling mistakes easily happen, but since your resume is a professional document, it should be free of these silly errors. Check and double check your resume, and then ask a trusted friend or mentor to do the same.
“References Available Upon Request”
This is a waste of a line, because the hiring manager already knows. Delete this and use the precious space for something impactful.
Maybe Your Objective/Summary Statement
Different industries like to see different things on resumes. Most find objective/summary statements outdated and unneeded. BUT some still like to see these, so talk to your network to see if you should delete or keep yours.
Less is more on resumes. Get rid of these things weighing your resume down to truly allow your accomplishments to shine!
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