As I said before, what you leave off your resume can be as important as the content you put in it! To expand on this, here are few more items you should consider leaving off your resume.
You will want to leave off things that will be shared later in the hiring process as a natural part of applying for a position. Leaving these things off can also help free up valuable space for quality content. For example, your street address. City, state and zip code are fine. Also, references. These things are a mandatory part of the application and it is fine to wait until that time to provide them. This includes that phrase many folks like to put at the bottom of their resume about references being available upon request.
Don’t populate each position description with bullet points. If you have 15 bullet points under each position, or a 15-sentence paragraph/essay, your achievements get lost easily. Limit the number of bullet points you use and use those to accentuate your top achievements in each role.
Another thing I often see is an unprofessional (or inappropriate) email address. Yes, your personal email address is your business and you have the right to personal expression. Consider, though, that your future employer must use your personal email address to contact you about your dream position… You are going to want your email to be somewhat professional and not put doubts in the employer’s mind as to your judgement. Your email can also date you. If you have an old AOL email address, you may want to think about updating to a more current domain.
Finally, for that career experience older than 10 years, think about leaving it off your resume. Remember, we don’t want to date you unless the position/industry/situation allows for that. Review your accomplishments in old roles and, if they don’t add value directly relevant to the position, use your best judgement as to whether you should include it on your resume.
Keep in mind, these tips and tricks are general guidelines. They do not take into consideration you, as the individual candidate, the position you are targeting or the industry you have experience in. Believe me, the strongest lesson I have learned in my time as a resume writer is – Rules are meant to be broken for the right candidate with the right circumstance.
Again, this is by no means a comprehensive listing – and there may very likely be more on what to leave off your resume in coming blogs/vlogs.
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