Things to Keep From Your Resume to Get the Job.
Things to Keep From Your Resume: There are things that simply don’t belong on your resume as they can get your resume knocked out of getting considered for a job before it gets a thorough review.
Job employers take precious time to scan applicants’ resumes, so you want to ensure that all the information they need is easily available and not lost in the unrelated filler. I advise you to keep reading this article to see if there is any information that is best left out.
There are certain things that you should keep from a resume and keep your resume sharply composed on the skills and qualifications applicable for the job for which you’re applying for.
1. Rule Out References
Don’t make the mistake of wasting real estate by writing implied information on your resume such as contact info for references, or ‘references available upon request’ says a Fortune 100 recruiter and the author of Signs of a Great Resume ‘Scott Vedder’.
Since you don’t write ‘interviews available upon request,’ so why would you write ‘references upon request’? The Hiring managers know you have references and will ask for them at the right time.
2. Old Tech
The preferred technology and software used in the workplace can change quickly, but it’s more important to stay on top of it nevertheless else you risk looking like you’re unable to keep up in an active workplace.
Firms are looking for advanced, flexible professionals who understand technology. By including technology that’s old in the skills section of your resume, it gives the job employers the impression that your skillset is dry and that you will have a much sheer learning curve.
So exclude things like coding languages that are no longer widely in use, old versions of modern software programs, and other unrelated technology.
3. Unrelated or Joke Skills
This sounds clear, but there are people who still list things like ‘certified ping-pong champ’ or ‘expert-level guacamole maker’ on their resume.
There probably are a few hiring managers and recruiters out there who will find it funny. But when you want to apply for a job, you don’t know who will appreciate that and who won’t so it’s better to be wrong on the side of professionalism.
4. An Old or Unprofessional Email Address
Your resume is the first opportunity you have to present yourself to an employer as a professional, so you better have a professional email address. So if you are still using a college email address like [email protected] or [email protected], it’s high time to create a new one.
5. Apply The Test To Your Resume
One biggest mistake you can make with your resume is not getting it reviewed when you’re done writing it. Having a resume is no use to you unless it’s working in your favor by properly bringing out your skills and the value you would bring to a company.
6. Leave Out Your Home Address
Due to some privacy issues and the possibility for identity theft if your resume somehow ends up in the wrong person’s hands, Enelow doesn’t approve including your home address on your resume.
Therefore, if you’re applying for a local job, she advises including your city and state on your resume to show that you’re a local applicant. But you can leave off your location completely when applying for an out-of-town job so that you don’t accidentally exclude yourself from consideration for the position.
7. Don’t Fill in Soft Skills in a Skills Section
If you want to have a skills section on your resume, it should be focused on hard skills and capability, says Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter the executive resume writer and owner of Dallas-based coaching firm Career Trend.
However, soft skills are also important, but I would weave them into the work experience portion. So where you lean into your soft skills is your cover letter.
8. Jobs You Had Over 10 Years Ago
This can reveal your age which is a bad idea. But most importantly, the skills you had at a job over 10 years ago are going to seem dated and not very useful to an employer today.
Well it depends on the job, those skills may be perfectly useful (ditch digging hasn’t changed much in the last decade), but notwithstanding, an employer tends not to be interested in a job you had that long ago. It can also make it seem like you’re filling your resume probably because you didn’t have enough good experience in recent years.
If the job you actually had over 10 years ago was extraordinarily important or impressive, then you should include it. This is for all the astronauts and four-star generals reading this, that means you.
What Do Job Employers Want in a Resume?
According to CSN research, here’s what job employers want to see when they receive resumes:
Accompanied by a cover letter: 49%
Links to the applicant’s online blog, portfolio or website: 21%
Addressed to the recruiter or hiring manager by name: 26%
Customized for their open position: 61%