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Seven Things You Might Want To Remove From Your Resume

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An average HR manager spends about 30 seconds to scan a typical resume. That means you will have only half a minute to impress the person you do not know and make them want to meet you. In the fashion industry, they like to say “less is more” and that could also be a perfect slogan when it comes to crafting your resume.

Everyone knows what a good resume should look like: short but informative, simple but elegant, detailed but not prolix. However, not all of us can keep the reasonable balance of providing just enough information to get a potential employer interested while still leaving some things out to explain during an interview.

The main mistake most jobseekers make is to try to squeeze in more information than the resume can accommodate. When creating a resume, it is important to remember that the more irrelevant information you add, the less likely your key message is to be noticed.

If you want your resume to stand out among others, here are a few things you should consider removing from it:

Replace the “Objective” part of your resume with “Professional Profile”

Employers now are not really interested to know what you want to achieve in the future or what you see yourself doing in 5 years. They want to know what you can do now and why you think you can do that better than others. Start you resume with a strong opening message that will indicate your experience and skills.
The rest can be discussed in person during the interview.

Get rid of superfluous words and phrases

Words like “dynamic visionary”, “detail-oriented”, “problem-solving skills”, “proactive” and “team player” do not add any real value to your resume. That’s a fact. Any HR manager will tell you that showing is better than saying. So, unless you can prove that you really are a proactive and dynamic person who can handle any problem and work well with others, it is better to avoid them.

Keep your message to the point and provide only those facts that can illustrate your personal achievements and professional accomplishments.

One phone number is enough

Face it: the HR manager will not go running after you. If your resume is interesting enough, he or she might want to arrange a meeting and will try to get you by the phone number you provided. They, however, will not waste their time dialing all the numbers on the list. So you had better make sure you can always be reached through the phone number you gave them.

If you must list more than one number, specify the conditions under which these numbers can be used.

Remove any discriminating information

Age, gender, religious, ethical and marital discrimination are of great concern for many people looking for a job. Note that much of this information is illegal to collect. Do not tempt the reviewers to discriminate against you, avoid giving photos of yourself, personal site information, graduation dates etc.

Many employers deliberately ignore resumes that contain such information to avoid exposing themselves to lawsuits.

Irrelevant work experience annoys

If you are looking for a job in sales and have extensive experience of working as a project manager, take some time to reconsider your achievement statements. Remove anything that is irrelevant. Think how to prove that your expertise is valuable in that particular position you are applying for.

Exclude skills and abilities that everyone has

Today almost any employer would expect you to have basic computer skills and be able to meet the deadline in your work. Any job implies pressure of some kind, so if you want to get it, you will have to learn to cope with the pressure. No need to tell your potential employer that you can do it well.

Watch the grammar

Keep in mind that sentences in your resume should be written like newspaper headlines. That makes them easy to read and understand. Also, avoid mixing the first and third person singular when talking about yourself. Instead of saying: “I am the person who learns new software easily”, it is better to write “Easily learn new software”.

It can take time to discover that perfect balance of information for a resume, but once you do that you will be surprised to see how much more powerful and appealing it has become.



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