If you have not gone job hunting in a while, chances are pretty good it has been a while since the last time you looked at your resume. It has probably been an even longer time since you last updated it. Perhaps you are updating your resume but you are following steps to updating your resume that you learned years ago.
I can guarantee there are things you are doing wrong. More importantly, there are things you have put on your resume that you need to take off right now.
A professional resume is just once page in length. The older you get, the more difficult it is to cram all of those “important things” into your resume. The problem? Some of those things you consider to be “important” are not as important as you think they are.
I was responsible for…
Saying you were responsible for something you did on the job or responsible for something you accomplished is redundant. Obviously, you were responsible for it if it was your job. Saying something that is redundant in your resume takes up precious space and it more or less smacks the person reading the resume in the face. Do you really want to call the person reading your resume stupid?
Unprofessional Email Address
If you are going to include an email address on your resume, it should be a professional one. Your first and last name attached to gmail or yahoo is a good idea. Throw some numbers at the end if needed. EmilyLovesBobby4Every@emailprovider.com just isn’t very professional. The person reading your resume is going to have a very hard time taking you seriously.
Excessive School Information
If you got a degree in school, great. List it. Don’t go into details about the clubs you were in and the awards you won. The truth? No one cares about those things.
Chances are pretty good you filled out an application in addition to your resume. Meaning, putting your address on the resume is unnecessary. You are going to end up putting your address on all sorts of different paperwork when you apply for this job. There is no reason to have it taking up space on your resume that could be used for something else.
Keep it Simple Stupid
Black and White is your friend. Fancy designs and curly fonts are not. You want to keep your resume simple and easy to rent. You do not want to put tons of effort into strange designs or weird formatting.
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