You should now be aware that your resume is the most important document when you are job hunting. A resume that is both compelling and effective should be a goal for all job seekers. Employers don’t spend much time reviewing resumes, as they receive hundreds of applications for every job. Many job seekers make the error of cramming as much information as they can on their resumes. Your resume should be concise and not include any unnecessary information. Here are some tips to help you remove unnecessary information from your resume.
One misconception about resumes is that you should keep it on one page. This is false. It’s almost impossible to fit all of the information on one page for someone with 20 years or more of work experience. There must be white space. You shouldn’t write a 10-page resume. Most likely, it will be deleted. It should not exceed 2 pages if you aren’t sure what information to include. A one-page resume is suggested for people who have just graduated from school.
Take Away the Fluff
Fluff can be described as “something of no consequence” in writing. It can be described as cotton wool, or a cloud. It’s light and easily blown away, so it’s not of any consequence. Many people now lift keywords from sample resumes such as “go-to person”, “track record for success”, “strong communication” and “dynamic leadership skills,” which are all cliches that should be avoided. These words can be used to enhance the resume, but they don’t provide much information about the applicant.
Employers are less concerned about your career goals in the current employment climate. You can replace the “Career Objectives” statement with the “Professional Profile.” In the opening paragraph, summarize your history and highlight your strengths. To make your case for your application, the rest of the resume must be supported by supporting evidence.
Relevant Information and Discriminating Information
Writing a resume that is effective is difficult. You need to include only relevant information about the job. It doesn’t make sense to mention your experience with developing computer games when applying for store manager positions. It is best to include information that will increase your chances of being hired. Discriminating information such as gender, religion, age or sexual orientation can be detrimental to your chances of being hired.
Is it really necessary for the line “References available on request” to be included? It’s a shame that the candidate refuses references requests from the employer. It’s not necessary for you to list basic computer skills such as Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint. However, this is expected. You can also mention higher-level technical skills that are relevant to the job.