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No Need For This on Your Resume

No Need For This on Your Resume

Here are five things you should consider leaving off of your résumé:

1. Objective statement: Objective statements, which usually start with, “I’m looking for a job that…” have long been considered passé. Employers aren’t reviewing your résumé to find out what you want in a job; they want the résumé to tell them why they should want you. If you’re going to include a statement at the top, make it a personal summary that acts as a condensed version of your elevator pitch. It should touch on your top skills and any major achievements worth highlighting.

2. References available upon request: Including a list of references or the statement, “References available upon request,” isn’t necessary, because it’s expected that you have references, should an employer request them. Instead of taking up valuable space, create a separate document that lists your references and their contact information, and have it ready to email or hand out as needed.

3. Outdated or irrelevant information: Résumés are about quality, not quantity. Hiring managers don’t have time to read through three pages’ worth of positions held, dating back to when you were a dog sitter in high school. Consider removing any experience that is more than a decade old, especially if it’s not applicable to the position for which you’re applying. Focus instead on experience and education that show you’re relevant and up to date on the newest skills and technology.

4. Personal attributes: Unless you’re applying for a modeling job or another position where looks are a factor, leave your picture off your résumé. Most employers shouldn’t — and legally can’t — care about your appearance; they just want to know why you’d be good for the job. The same goes for listing personal attributes, such as your height, weight, race or age.

5. False claims: This should go without saying, but inaccuracies or over-embellished education or experience have no place on a résumé. Besides running the risk of getting caught (were an employer to do a background check, talk to references or conduct a social-media search), why would you want a job if you’re not adequately prepared for it? If you don’t know what you’re doing, the jig will be up quickly, and you’ll just find yourself jobless again and having burned important bridges

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5 comments

  1. Good advice. Only information relevant to the job you are applying should go on your resume. If you keep this in mind you should avoid including any unnecessary information.

  2. Thanks for continuing to preach the gospel about not using a self-centered resume objective – after all, if the applicant isn’t looking for the job that’s open, or if the objective says they’re looking for a different position, why are they applying in the first place?!

    Unfortunately there is still a lot of advice around that tells applicants they should use an objective “because many employers expect it.” But it’s such a waste of the opportunity right near the top of the page to tell the recruiter all the great benefits they’ll get from hiring you!

  3. I love reading these types of articles because it amazes me what people put on their resumes. Since it has been over 6 years since I was in Human Resources I miss reading resumes.

  4. Hi,

    Great piece of article. I also think candidate should be more clear while mentioning about their academic project, internships, past job. They must draw a line otherwise its confuses the employer.

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