Resumes can be tricky business. The rules seem to always be changing, lengths are up for debate, and not every employer thinks the same—meaning what works for one, might not work for the other.
However, there are outdated or useless resume points that you can get rid of now, which not only make you look better, but can also improve your chances. Here are five things NOT to put on your resume:
These may have worked in the past, but objective statements are out, especially if you’re going to include some sort of explanation in your cover letter. They take up too much space and tell the employer what they already know: you want the job. Clearly this is the case since you are applying. Leave it out.
It’s great that you got to be a temp for a few days at a certain company. Or maybe it’s not so great that you were let go two weeks into a new job. These short lived-stints, no matter if they were positive or negative, don’t belong on your resume because they probably don’t equate to much success or major changes, which is the sort of picture you want your resume to paint. However, if you want to somehow include them (the positive ones at least), think about using them in the form of references or even in your cover letter.
“References available upon request”
Many people have this line as a sort of closer to the resume. However, like the objective statement, “references available upon request,” is something that the employer already knows. Some employers don’t even want references. So, instead, keep an already prepared list to send to the employer should they need it. That way, you don’t have to scramble last minute and can get the employer a list if they want to talk to an outside source.
Non-industry related experience
Getting non-industry related experience can be plus. However, not all of it is relevant to every job posting, and therefore may not need to be on your resume. Plus, if you’re trying to beat things like an ATS system, this may seem like extraneous information. Of course, if your transferable skills can somehow be worked into your resume, great. If they have no relevance, leave them off.
Links to platforms you don’t use or update
Your online presence is going to factor into your job search, there’s no doubt about it. However, if you include links to a portfolio that hasn’t been updated or to a Twitter handle that you don’t use, it’s not good practice and certainly doesn’t belong on your resume. If you want to include links, make it a point to keep them up-to-date, as well as relevant. Otherwise, an employer may have to assume things about you that may not be true.
What do you think? What are some other things you shouldn’t include in your resume?
Mary Marino is the founder of EmploymentPipeline.com, a job search resource that inspires job seekers to become their own recruiter. EmploymentPipeline.com has launched its “Occupation Pipeline” widget, a unique tool which enables users to perform broader career searches by sourcing occupations and employers, rather than job titles. Connect with Mary and EmploymentPipeline.com on Twitter and Facebook.