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References Available Upon Request: 3 Things Your Resume Won’t Miss

jason-blackeye

Writing a resume can be an overwhelming undertaking.  This one piece of paper is supposed to demonstrate your relevant experience and showcase who you are as an employee and an individual.  So why would we take anything off?  Practicing a little restraint will make for an articulate resume that gets the interview.  If you’re ready to get the attention of the Hiring Manager, here is a simple list of 3 things to leave off of your resume.

Objective
Although it may seem that including what you’re looking for and why would be helpful, it actually has the opposite impression. Writing an objective statement is considered outdated and viewed by Hiring Managers as a bit self-indulgent.  Hiring Managers will rely upon your experience and skill set to determine whether or not you’re the right fit for the role.  Keep your resume clean and orderly by listing your job history experience with appropriate dates and bullet-pointing each function you performed for each employer. ESPECIALLY, tailor your resume to each job you’re applying to so that you’re speaking into the “listening” of the hiring manager. They are looking for a match to their requirements.   Make it as easy as possible for them to spend 6 seconds on your resume and put you in the “to call” pile.

Non-essential Information About Yourself 
Believe it or not, attempting to include your personality on a resume oftentimes falls short, so we recommend that you save your personality for the in-person interview.  Consider that a hiring manager spends less than 10 seconds reviewing your resume before deciding whether or not it goes in the “no” pile.  If you puff up your resume with non-essential information like your hobbies, they likely will not continue reading.  Especially, do not include your photo, your age, what high school you attended and graduation date, your marital status, or your references.  Definitely, do not include the common line “references available upon request”.  It is assumed that if asked, you will provide your references.  Feel free to include any clubs you belong to if they’re relevant to the role you’re seeking.

Overstylized Design/Layout
Being creative is typically a welcomed quality, but when it comes to your resume, it’s better to be clean and professional
than potentially distracting.  Adding crafty icons, emojis, illegible fonts and bright colors or bolding keywords will usually result in your resume being tossed.  By simply adding keywords based off of the job descriptions, hiring managers will know what to look for and spot them without any color-coded assistance.  Tailoring your resume for each job you apply for will increase your chances of receiving an initial phone interview.   Mirror the job brief, include those keywords in your resume that correlate to your experience.

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