You will find plenty of information online from friends, colleagues, acquaintances, etc. as to what to include on your resume to make it effective. After over 15 years of experience helping our clients, I can tell you what you should NEVER include on your resume because it would be a waste of space and time that won’t position you above other candidates.
1. Including a Professional Objective: it will always be a matter of style. The original idea of including the objectives in a resume was to make sure you mentioned all the keywords related to the position you were applying for so you could appear more easily in searches. In reality objectives can be tricky because they can box you and limit what you can offer. I recommend my clients to go for a strong and accurate Professional Profile instead that describe THEM instead of what they want to do. Employers surely prefer to read who you are and what you can bring to the table instead of simply what you are looking for. Be precise, don’t oversell yourself and support everything you say in this section with the facts included on the rest of your resume.
2. Excess of personal data: you only need to include your name, address, phone number, email and personalized Linkedin URL. Please stay away from including from including your DOB, Social Security Number, Security Clearance, etc. unless you are writing a Federal Resume which is a totally different animal.
3. Only describe your experience: everyone tends to describe activities and responsibilities from each of the jobs they have done. That is a biggest most common mistake when writing a resume. Recruiters want to know about you and how good you are at what you do. Although you need to include all your experience, recruiters are usually interested in the details of the last 8 to 10 years of experience for which I recommend to write accomplishments. Resumes should not be only one page or over two pages. You need to make good use of space. It needs to flow, like a good novel that catches your attention and invites to keep on reading. The average time it takes anybody to read a resume is 3 to 5 second, so you need to include the right words because that’s all you have to gain the reader.
4. Including personal references: please do not include personal references on your resume. It is not right to include someone else’s personal information on a public document without their consent. Please give references only when requested and with the previous permission of the person.
5. Picture: hiring is discrimination and what you want a potential employer to notice about you are your skills and experiences, all you have to offer and not the color of your hair. There is no rule that says you need to include a picture on your resume, so please don’t. If you want to include a picture on your Linkedin profile, that’s fine.
I hope this helps!!!! I wish you a successful and happy day!
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