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There are a lot of things job seekers add on their resumes that they don't actually need. In some cases, these things actually hurt a job seeker's chances of landing an interview.


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 resumes.

1. Add An Experience Summary Instead Of An Objective Statement

An objective or mission statement used to be the right header for your resume. Today, it's obsolete.

Instead, utilize an experience summary. This is a list of your skills and requirements that are needed for a certain job. They're hard skills and transferrable skills, and they will help optimize your resume with keywords so it can get past the ATS.

Once it does that, it will be in the hands of the hiring manager, and they'll be impressed by your qualifications at first glance. It will also compel them to continue reading further about your successes and job history.

2. Leave Off The References

Man looks at his resume while applying for a job

References should not be included in a resume. If a job posting requires you to submit a few references, create a separate document and add them in there instead. Then, attach your resume and references (saved as separate documents) to the job application or attach them to an email to the hiring manager.

In the hiring process, references are important. But how you distribute those references matters more than you think.

3. Ditch The Unprofessional Personal Email Address

Woman adds a few things to her resume

Having a professional image and great personal brand isn't just about your social media accounts. Your email address should be professional as well and easy to comprehend.

Consider creating a separate email account for job hunting purposes. You will find it easier to track the applications you've sent and any potential leads, and lessen the risk of accidentally deleting emails you've misread as junk mail.

4. Include Measurable Goals And Achievements

Man writes his resume before looking for a job

Your resume must contain quantifiable work experience and accomplishments that support the very skill sets you state you possess. Without them, you are simply providing opinions with no facts to back them up.

If you are great at driving explosive business growth or saving companies money, make sure that your resume contains monetary amounts, figures, or other numbers to display those skills. A good rule of thumb to follow is to make sure every bullet point contains at least one number. If you can't quantify it, it doesn't belong on your resume.


When crafting your resume, consider these four important tips. Remember, you have less than ten seconds to get the hiring manager's attention. Make your resume worth those few seconds.


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