There are many people who believe the more information you put on your resume, the better it is. This way there is no way you can omit something very important. However, such an approach is not only ineffective but harmful as well. The problem is that hiring authorities are not interested in all you have to offer. Instead, they are interested in what value you can bring to the company. Not more than that. Because HR managers don't have time to read lengthy resume filled with irrelevant and unnecessary information, they usually don't. They just never bother to. So if you want to be effective both in resume writing and job search, make sure your resume contains only relevant information (i.e. information that would be relevant for the one reading it).
What To Take Off?
At Prime-Resume, we are sure that in 99% of resumes there are portions of information that should be omitted. Either because such information is completely irrelevant or simply unnecessary. In this blog post, we decided to help our readers and job seekers clean up their resumes and be more effective in their job hunt.
Outdated experiences. The very first thing you can easily delete from your resume is your old experience. Hiring authorities don't really care what you did 20 years ago. Even when you are talking about something you did 10 years ago may be considered relevant today. If you want just to demonstrate development and progress, you can always do without listing the responsibilities for every single employment.
Too much information about your education. Remember that employers only desire to know the degrees obtained, where you obtained them (name of the educational establishment), and the graduation date. You can also add a GPA to that too. Apart from that, there are very few things that might be of interest to employers. If you are a recent graduate you can add more educational accomplishments or even relevant coursework completed, but don't focus too much on it.
Also, forget about listing your high school on a resume. Fancy formatting and design. It usually takes up much valuable space and can often create problems (especially if you send it via email). We recommend using simple design and formatting. The bright graphic elements can become a turnoff for employers; so why take such a risk? The exception can be if you are a designer - it would demonstrate your skills and can help you get the job.