Things To Leave OFF Your Resume

By on August 7th, 2013 in Career Advice

While it is quite important to have certain things on your resume, it too is very important to leave certain off your resume. It almost comes down to an art because you might think a certain entry is important, while the hiring manager is not even close to be interested in it. So, let’s get to it and see what can safely be removed from your resume.

1) High School
Unless you are still in High School or have not graduated from college just yet, it is safe to remove your High School from your resume. As an example, if you have a college degree listed it is very safe to assume that you graduated from High School or have a GED. By removing the entry for your High School you free up valuable space that can be filled with even more important information.

2) References available upon request
No matter where you apply for a job, it is a given that the company expects you to have some references. There is no need to mention it accordingly. While mentioning this phrase does not do any harm, it too uses valuable space that you can use better. Also, if you have some high profile references you can mention this (and I probably would do so, too). But we are not talking just anyone, but somebody impressive that will act as a reference. As an example if you have the CEO of a Fortune 500 company be your reference, mention it. A US Senator or a famous person – don’t be shy about it. But make sure your skills can back up the reference and (of course) make sure you inform the person who is willing to be available as a reference about your job search.

3) The “Objective”
Having an “Objective” section on your resume is very old school and a waste of valuable space. Having the wrong type of objective on your resume can even hurt you. Too many people use an objective that is about them and not how they would actually provide value to the company. It should not be about what you want, but what the company wants. Personally, just leave the objective completely out and rather show off with something more important.

While this list is not complete, it certainly gives you a good idea of what to leave off your resume and why you should leave it off your resume. The good thing of leaving these items off your resume is that you free up valuable space that can be used much better. Your resume is a marketing tool. You want to be able to sell yourself as the right person for the job. If your resume bores the reader or does not catch the hiring manager’s interest, it does not do a good job. By tweaking it you can optimize it for each job without running out of space.

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