Your resume is a document that summarizes your professional history and work experience. It is usually reviewed by a recruiter, who then decides if they will like to interview you for a job vacancy.
Therefore, it is critical that you include the appropriate details and remove anything that could be detrimental to you securing your dream job.
Hereunder are 10 that you should consider removing from your resume:
Hobbies are personal and should only be included in instances where you believe the hobby could add value to the role that you are applying for.
As an example, if you are applying for a role as a Marketing Assistant, blogging as a hobby can definitely be an asset to the hiring company. If you want to learn more about blogging, you can download our blogging quickstart guide in the resource library by clicking HERE.
On the other hand, any hobby that could raise an eye brow or one that many may regard as off-putting should be removed from your resume.
As your gain more experience in the world of work, some of your previous experiences becomes irrelevant on your resume.
As an example, your summer internship is important on your first resume after college but irrelevant on your resume for your first managerial position.
Assess where you are at the moment in your career and take out aspects that no longer suitable to the roles that you applying for.
Dates and Months of Employment
Remove all start dates and months and end dates and months on your resume. Include only the start year and ending year. This practice is especially important in cases where they may be gaps in your employment.
Provide references only if the recruiter advises that you need to include references on your resume. If this information is not requested then it is acceptable to omit these from your resume.
If you are a serious candidate for the role, the organization will request the names and contact details of your referees.
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When writing your resume at times, less is more. Remove any qualifications that are not in line with the role that you are applying for. Let’s assume that you are an accountant and you have a goal of transitioning your career to engineering in 5 years’ time.
You have started a degree programme in engineering but you are applying for a role as an accountant. It may be wise to remove the fact that you are interested in engineering from your resume as this is not required for the role in question.
Including that you are studying engineering may leave the recruiter with tons of questions. This may even lead to him/her not considering you for an interview.
It is prudent to omit this information and if needed mention this career goal if you are invited to an interview.
You may have decided to take a career break to travel for a period of time or for family reasons. Remove these from your resume and disclose this information at the interview meeting if asked to explain.
Information such as the neighbourhood in which you live, marital status, age and any personal details should be removed from your resume. You want the recruiter to form his/her own opinion after meeting you.
Let’s say as an example, the interviewer prefers a mature person for a role but you are 24 years old.
One can make several assumptions of the maturity level of a 24 year old without meeting the individual. It is prudent to remove this information from your resume and disclose your age at the interview level if required.
At this stage, the hiring manager has gotten an opportunity to meet you and may determine that while you are younger than his initial preference that you are mature and capable of doing the job.
Certain fonts are difficult to read such as cursive fonts. These should be removed from your resume. Fonts that are sans serif are highly suitable for resumes.
Arial is an example of this font type. Also ensure that your resume is correctly formatted and free from grammatical errors.
Including information that is untrue on your resume is a complete no-no. Remember potential employers will do their due diligence on your professional history and career.
Ensure that the information that you include on your resume is accurate and true.
Unprofessional Email Address
Check that the email address that you are using on your resume is appropriate. Ideally, this email address should be your first name, last name along with the provider of your choice.
An unprofessional email address can be a massive turn off to a potential employer.
Your resume is your sales pitch. It is a document that introduces you to a company.
Therefore, it is important that you include what is appropriate and remove what is irrelevant or what could repel a reader.
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