Is Your Resume Too Long? Here is How to Cut the Clutter

In search of your next job? You want to take all the steps to put yourself at the top of the stack. You can imagine how many resumes a recruiter, employer or hiring manager may be facing for an open position—so you want yours to be memorable (in a good way) and easy to skim. The key to the best resume is to include only relevant information, cut out anything unnecessary, and spike out the highlights.

Ten Things to Remove From Your Resume Right Now:

Maybe you’re not sure what can stay and what should go! Just follow this guide of ten items that simply aren’t needed (and can actually make your resume appear clunky and less professional)

1. Non-Applicable Work Experience – In your work history section, you can scrap your college job as a lifeguard, and any other work experience that is irrelevant to your current career. The only time to include a past job is if the skills you gained are directly applicable to the job to which you’re applying.

2. Your Hobbies – This section takes up space and has no bearing on your qualifications for a job. If it comes up and you’re trying to connect with your interviewer, you can bring up a hobby or two at your interview.

3. Personal Details – In fact, this is a huge no-no. It’s illegal for employers to discriminate based on age, race, marital status, gender, religion, etc.—so definitely omit these details from your resume.

4. Lies – Never, never, never falsify information on your resume. A hiring manager can easily find out if you’re telling the truth, and you don’t want to tarnish your reputation. Also, if you’re a good fit for the job minus a few qualifications, there might be room for training. Bottom line—it’s never worth it to lie.

5. Too Much Content – It’s overwhelming for someone to review a document with block and blocks of text. Trim and summarize where you can. Add bullets where it makes sense, which helps key details stand out.

6. Too Many Bullets – That being said, you can’t spike out every detail as important—it’s too much to review. So use bullets sparingly and only where they make sense (such as in your work history section to summarize your accomplishments.)

7. Your References – If a recruiter or employer needs these, they will ask for them. There’s no need to take up space with the names and contact info of your references.

8. Tables, Charts or Images – It’s not a term paper! The best formatting is one that’s simple, with adequate white space and only one or two fonts. Beyond taking up space, graphics can confuse the applicant-tracking software.

9. Work Experience Beyond 15 Years – The only time this doesn’t apply is if you’ve been in your most recent position 15 or more years. You also don’t need to include the dates of certifications or training beyond 15 years old—it will appear obsolete.

10. Reasons You Left Past Jobs – This information is simply not necessary on a resume. If an employer has questions about this, they’ll ask during your interview.

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