You Should Remove These 6 Things From Your Resume Today!

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Who you are on paper is often very different from who you are in the real world, but it’s the paper-you that leads to calls from executive recruiters and employers. That’s why your resume needs to be refined, concise, and informative. It’s also why you should trim the fat and remove these 6 things from your resume today!

#1: Your Objective Statement

Your objective statement is a short, punchy explanation of what you want and what goals you’re pursuing. That’s important for you to know, and if you get asked during an interview you should have an answer ready for the person across the table. When it comes to your resume, though, focus on your skills and what you can provide instead of what you want.

#2: Clear Out Your Personal Information

Even if your resume doesn’t look crowded, cut out the unnecessary things. Political affiliation, fitness levels, awards not germane to the job you’re applying for, etc. If it doesn’t have to do with your work-self, then get rid of it. These things will hurt you more than help you if you leave them on your resume.

#3: Your Compensation History

Don’t go into a new job hunt throwing around what your previous jobs paid you. If you get a job offer you can talk about salary then, but try not to bring it up before. Putting a salary history on your resume will likely lead to one of two outcomes. You will be excluded from consideration not based on your qualifications but, based upon your salary or, you will leave potential income on the table an employer would be willing to pay you.

#4: References

One of the old stand-by items on a resume has been your references; coworkers, friends, managers, etc. who will vouch for you, and tell future employers how great you are. In today’s job market, though, it is a waste of space on your resume. If your potential employer wants them, you’ll get asked for them.

#5: Social Media Links

Social media is a great way to get connected. That said, if you’re going to include links in your resume, only include your professional pages (like your LinkedIn profile, for example). If you post personal content on a particular social media page, leave it off your resume.

#6: Embellishment

It’s really tempting to try to make the paper-you look even better than it does now. Don’t. Be honest and truthful. If you talk big in your resume you’re going to be expected to back it up when it comes time to do the job. Savvy recruiters, HR professionals and employers know how to identify white-lies and half-truths. It’s not worth it.

Review your resume, make necessary changes and good luck with your career search.

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