You never know when you will be put in a position of looking for another job. Anything can happen. The economy can squash your job, or your boss can show you the door. Perhaps, you’d just like to look elsewhere for a challenge or better remuneration. One way or another, you’ll always have to keep your resume updated and ready to go.
First of all, let’s be crystal clear that we are talking about the resume that got you your current job. You may have worked in that job for a few years and picked up some good experience as well as some more credentials. Therefore, you’ll want to constantly keep it updated.
However, here are 7 things you should remove from your resume.
1. Your photo
How did that even get there? Sure, mom and dad think you are the sweetest and most dashing thing ever to step into the earth, but not everyone agrees. That is not even why you should not have your photo in your resume in the first place.
Unless you are applying for certain jobs that insist on how you look (modelling,etc.), don’t include a copy of your glamor photo in your application.
Recruiters need to see and get an understanding of your qualifications before they see you. Sending a photo with your application only sets you up for potential discrimination on race, age, and other unfair kinds of profiling.
2. The unprofessional email address
Sure, when you got your first email address, all you wanted was to sign up for Facebook or that crazy video that required your email address before you could view it. Change it!
Your image extends beyond your clothes and physical appearance, and even an email address might say something about you. Toss the “sexylady” email address. You are welcome.
3. Jobs you lost due to ethical misconduct
You don’t want these jobs to be the topic of discussion during your next interview, do you? Of course, these jobs can prevent you from landing a new job.
4. An objective
Frankly, who cares about your objective?
After all, it is almost always never a deeply felt objective. Fine, you want to save the world but, can you get the work done and can you be useful to the organization.
Use that space for additional work experience or an extra referee. If you really must have an objective, write it down on a small piece of paper and walk around with it to remind yourself.
Your jazz collection, love for hiking, and an impressive library can be pretty fascinating and maybe even interesting. But who cares what you do in your spare time?
Unless your hobbies are related to your job, you’d best keep them out of your resume. You could instead bring them up during the interview and who knows, one of the panelists could be a fellow enthusiast.
6. Irrelevant work experience
You should prioritize skills and experiences that correlate to the job you want. Hiring managers are chiefly interested in finding out if you can do the job. Therefore, they’ll mostly be checking out your resume for experiences in similar or related positions.
If you happened to be an expert at unclogging the drainage at your old job, good for you. However, those skills will hardly be impressive.
7. Details about your personal life
Don’t get into details of your personal life. The less said, the better for everyone. This is because you may begin to invite subtle prejudices and biases from the hiring panel.
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