Many job seekers often ask career experts (who are either their friends or just resume writing companies just like Prime-Resume) to have a quick look at the resume and provide feedback as to what needs to be corrected. However, not all people have friends who can do that. Neither all job hunters are willing to pay for resume review services. However, the importance of the final resume check can unlikely be overestimated. Frequently, it is a lack of time (or desire) to have that final check can make a difference between you and another candidate. Mistakes that appear to be small and insignificant to you often look different in the eyes of hiring managers so it is always better to ensure you submit a flawless resume and cover letter. At Prime-Resume we love to help our readers and customers so we decided to share the list of things to remove from your resume. This should help you make your final resume check and ensure you don't have irrelevant information on your main marketing document.
Take Them Off Your Resume
Personal Details. Employers don't needs to know whether you are a Muslim or Christian. They don't really care about your marital status or any personal preferences you have. More than that, such information can lead to discrimination so it is better to remove this kind of information. You can just leave your name, address, and contact information.
Hobbies. Nobody really cares about your hobbies unless they are directly related to the nature of your responsibilities. In most cases, it is nothing else but a waste of space on your resume. The only time when you can actually consider including your hobbies is if they will provide insight into your industry knowledge or skills.
Objective. This section usually doesn't provide any useful information to employers. Everybody knows that want a job in the company if you applied for it. It is really difficult to include an objective statement that will reflect not only your desire to get a job but also your value.
Lies. It is very tempting for job seekers to lie on a resume in order to get a better standing in the eyes of a hiring manager. Even if you can't meet all of the requirements, it is always better to be honest and try to compensate the missing skills with what you can offer instead.
References. There is no need to list your references nor include that "references are available upon request" in your resume (unless you are asked to do so by employers in the job opening). This section simply eats up valuable space on your resume.
Personal Pronouns. Your resume is not an essay nor autobiography. It is pretty clear for all hiring managers that you are writing about your own experiences without any personal pronouns.
Tables, images, and charts. Fancy embeds seem to be a nice idea for those who want to stand out among other candidates. However, employers view perceive such "ideas" differently. Besides, some companies use Applicant Tracking Software that will have a hard time recognizing all of the images/tables/graphs.
Photo. Another reason for discrimination employers can be sued for. Who cares how you look if you can do the required job well enough to help the company grow?
Buzzwords. While you may think it is cool to say that you can "think outside the box" or "best of breed", hiring managers hate this kind of buzzwords. Instead, go with strong action verbs like "coordinated", "resolved", "increased", etc.
Salary. By providing salary information for your past employments may send the wrong message. Keep in mind that your resume is meant to showcase your qualifications and skills. Salary negotiations are to start much later in the hiring process.
Why Should I Remove These Things?
We have written thousands of resumes and cover letters service winning job interviews for customers. Most of our employees have worked in human resources and they know all aspects of the hiring process. So the things we have outlined above are taken from our extensive experience in the area of resume writing and career advice. Besides, recent researches and studies prove us right. If you take time to read what hiring managers expect from the candidates, you will see that the list we have provided is spot on.