There are a lot of things that job seekers add on their resume when they don’t need them. In some cases, these things actually hurt job seekers’ chances of landing the job. If you’re asking yourself, do I need these things on my resume? Take a look at the things job seekers should and should not include on their resume.
1. Add A Professional Summary Instead Of An Objective
An objective or mission statement used to be the right header for your resume. Today, it is best reserved for your cover letter. Your objective and mission is to obtain a job with the company. Instead, utilize a professional summary to convey some of your traits or to highlight some of your accomplishments. It will serve as a great prelude for the reader to be allured, charmed, and want to continue reading further about your successes and job history.
2. Leave Off The References
References should not be included in a resume. Consider taking quotes or blurbs from letters of recommendation or written evaluations and inputting them into your resume to serve the function of a reference. It will help your resume stand out among the others by including written proof and documentation of what your former boss or supervisor thought of your work. In order to effectively include this in your resume, review your written performance evaluations and highlight any positive attributes your manager wrote about you.
3. Ditch The Unprofessional Personal Email Address
Having a professional image isn’t just about the social media accounts. Your email address should be professional as well and easy to comprehend. Consider creating a separate email account for job searching purposes. You will find it easier to track the applications you’ve sent and the companies you have sent in applications for new positions, rather than risk deleting the email as a potential piece of junk mail.
4. Include Measurable Goals And Achievements
Your resume must contain quantifiable data that goes directly towards supporting the very skill sets you state you possess. Without it, you are simply providing opinions with no facts to back up support. If you are great at driving explosive business growth, or building relationships, make sure that your resume contains monetary amounts, figures, or other numbers to display those skills. Consider separating the growth and accomplishments from year-to-year by displaying how you have comparatively increased your productivity.
When crafting your resume, consider these important tips. Remember, you have less than ten seconds to gain the reader’s attention. Make your resume worth those few seconds.
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Wendi Weiner, creatively known as The Writing Guru, is a Nationally Certified Resume Writer (NCRW) and Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) with over 15 years of expertise in resume writing, essay writing, and professional editing. Visit her website here.
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