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10 Things to Remove From Your Resume

10 Things to Remove From Your Resume

Author: Laurie Knafo/Tuesday, April 21, 2020/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Financial, For Job Seekers, SNI Certes, For Job Seekers, SNI Technology, Accounting Now, Staffing Now

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When creating a resume, our initial Google search is commonly around what to include to make you stand out in a pool of candidates. However, do we ever stop to consider what not to include? The truth is, hiring managers and recruiters do not always have the time to review each person’s resume in its entirety – Because of this, they typically skim, looking for key words outlining specific experience, success or achievement. In order to grab the attention of your audience, you should carefully craft the content of your resume and remove the fluff. Here are 10 things you should remove from your resume and why.

An Objective
Starting your resume off with what you are looking for in your next position is obvious and unnecessary – You already applied for the job, so any hiring manager is going to look right past it and likely say “next”. Use this space on the page to highlight your accomplishments related to the role you are interested in – This will go a lot further than a generic blurb using industry jargon.

Irrelevant Jobs
Including relevant job experience on your resume is key. Depending where you are in your career, internships can fall under this category as long as it was completed in your current field of work, but, unfortunately, often employers are not interested in your college summer gig – Only list those that will help your future and highlight your strengths.

Wordy Descriptions
When summarizing your previous roles, stick to the facts. While we tend to assume lengthy descriptions look more impressive to recruiters, the reality is that they spend too much time searching for the point, ultimately forcing them to quickly lose focus in all of the blabber. When outlining your responsibilities and accomplishments, use bullet points and limit yourself to staying on one line – This will task you with explaining yourself in a concise way, leaving a strong impression on the reader.

Unnecessary Large Words
Your resume is not the time or place to overuse a Thesaurus. Including non-conversational words tends to make you look unapproachable and as if you are trying too hard – Use your energy to highlight why you would be the perfect fit for the job. This will also help cut down on the length of your descriptions.

Using First or Third Person
Due to your name and information being at the top of the page, there is no reason to personalize your work experiences – Doing so just adds extra words to the page that is already obvious to your reader, and makes the resume a little odd to read. Bullets that efficiently describe your former tasks are all you need.

Industry-Specific Lingo
Imagine a marketing professional reading an engineer’s resume full of industry lingo – Talk about confusing and inefficient. Only those in your same field will likely understand company-specific idioms as they hear them everyday, but you can’t assume the recruiter screening your resume will have that same knowledge. Remember to keep the vernacular generic, excluding terms that are only known in a specific business.

Personal Hobbies
Unless your hobbies consist of industry conferences or relevant freelance work, remove them. Hiring managers are reviewing your resume for a job opportunity; therefore, mentioning your love for cooking is a waste of space. Utilize this document as a showcase for your professional goals versus personal.

Fake Details
If your resume currently includes fabricated information, go ahead and delete. While many people would prefer to think these things are overlooked, some companies conduct thorough background checks on future employees, which would quickly uncover the truth. It is better to amplify your legitimate achievements then blatantly lie about made up ones.

Inappropriate Email
Including an unprofessional email address on your resume may get a laugh out of the recruiter, but will also most likely get you placed into the “no” pile. This goes for one you made in middle school, as well as using your current work email – While it is apparent that you are job searching, no need to reveal that you are doing so during work hours.

Inconsistent Formatting
The format of your resume is almost as important as its content. From spacing to bolding particular words, this small attention to detail is important to maintain throughout the entire document. Not only does proper formatting make it easier for the hiring manager to read and identify key aspects, but it also shows your meticulousness in creating the document.

While tedious to create, your professional resume is your key to getting hired. By outlining your previous experiences and properly highlighting your feats to date, you are bound to impress the hiring manager, getting you through your first hoop and on to the interview!


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Laurie Knafo
Laurie Knafo

Laurie Knafo

Laurie Knafo is Regional Vice President for SNI. Her 30+ years in the recruiting business enable her to bring insightful counsel to companies and candidates looking to make the most out of their staffing relationships.

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Laurie Knafo is Regional Vice President for SNI. Her 30+ years in the recruiting business enable her to bring insightful counsel to companies and candidates looking to make the most out of their staffing relationships.


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