Over the years, I've had clients come to me and ask all kinds of questions about advice they've heard in regards to resume writing. Some advice was on point like the importance of personal branding, but some other advice was off-base. In this article, I'm hoping to dispel some of the worst resume advice I've heard over the years in an effort to help you wade through the deluge of resume writing advice that has taken over the Internet. Related: Resume Mistakes: The 5 Worst Resume Sins Here it goes...
Objective StatementsObjectives are self-serving and fail to show the employer how you can add value to their organization. Instead, put a job title at the top of the resume and follow with an impressive career summary.
Soft SkillsIncluding soft skills in a resume is a waste of time and space. Statements like excellent written and verbal communication, ability to multi-task, fast-paced environment, professionalism, and so on, are all overused and can apply to any job seeker on the market. Instead, focus on skills and abilities unique to you.
Boring SummariesA career summary doesn't have to be boring and vague. Statements like the one I've included below do little for showing the distinctiveness of a candidate:
Progressively challenging experiences within both national and global technology markets.Be specific to your accomplishments within the summary use numbers, metrics, and answer questions like how much, how many, and how often.