What NOT To Put On A Resumé

Preparation: Formatting & Grammar

You have found an opening at a company you eagerly want to join, but you’re worried your resumé is not up to par. Formatting your resumé and personalizing it can help you secure that position for the company you want to work with. I will be giving tips and tricks on what you should NOT be putting on your resumé.

First off, you want to start off by avoiding long blocks of texts. Resumés get less than a five-minute review! Often recruiters or hiring managers like to see short, concise bullets that highlight your skills and work experience. They want you to get straight to the point, but avoid using common terms; personalize it! Keeping words like “team player” and “organized” out of your skills section will keep you from being grouped with the other resumés that were submitted with those exact terms. You want to stand out against all the other applicants. Try thinking of some soft skills that pertain to you that also could boost your resumé. Check out another Sabio Systems article on the Top 5 Skills Human Resources Departments Look for When Hiring.

Another common mistake is avoiding the use of I’s. The use of I’s throughout your resumé will get very repetitive. Instead of saying “I coordinated a list of prospects to call on,” change it to “Coordinated a list of prospects to call on.” This will keep your resumé flowing a lot more smoothly.

Do you find yourself asking the following question: “Should I put this on my resumé?” Most likely the answer to that is to avoid putting it on there. If you’re already contemplating whether it’s important enough to have on there in the first place, you can most likely do without it. You want to reserve that space for information that will help you land that job. This is especially important if you are new to or just entering the workforce because you should only have about a page to work with. If you have been in the workforce for a while (5+ years), your two-page resumé is more acceptable – as long as the work experience is relevant to the position you are applying for or that previous job position will serve as a good reference.

Onto the next thing you should avoid having on your resumé: outdated information. Always check your header and make sure your email and/or phone number is accurate. Also, for college graduates entering the workforce, avoid having information from your high school education on there unless it’s beneficial. Having your college education and relevant coursework will be more than sufficient. It’s also important to note that unless you have over a 3.0/3.5 GPA status, you want to avoid putting that on your resumé as well.

Lastly, don’t lie! False information can hinder your reputation and opportunities in the workforce. Set yourself up for success by putting accurate and true statements on your resumé.

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