RESUME KILLER (Toronto)
Hiring managers rarely have the time or resources to look at each resume closely, and they typically spend about six seconds on their initial fit/no fit decision. If you want to pass that test, you need to have some solid qualifications — and the perfect resume to highlight them.
Here are 34 things you should strike from your resume right now.
1. An objective
If you applied, it's already obvious you want the job.
If you're in a unique situation, such as changing industries completely, it may be useful to include a brief summary.
2. Irrelevant work experiences
Yes, you might have been the "king of making milkshakes" at the restaurant you worked for in high school. But unless you are planning on redeeming that title, it is time to get rid of all that clutter.
But as one recruiter points out: Past work experience that might not appear to be directly relevant to the job at hand might show another dimension, depth, ability, or skill that actually is relevant or applicable.
Only include this experience if it really showcases additional skills that can translate to the position you're applying for.
3. Personal details
Don't include your marital status, religious preference, or Social Security number.
This might have been the standard in the past, but all this information could lead to discrimination, which is illegal, so there's no need to include it.
4. Your full mailing address
A full street address is the first thing a career-advice expert , looks for to immediately cut from a resume.
it's a security concern,
5. More than one phone number
Only one phone number on your resume, and that number should really be your cellphone, so that you can control who answers your incoming phone calls, when, and what the voice mail sounds like.
6. Your hobbies
In many cases, nobody cares. If it's not relevant to the job you're applying for, it's a waste of space and a waste of the company's time.
"Also, you don't want employers trying to contact you in five different places, because then you have to keep track of that," she says.
7. Blatant lies
A CareerBuilder survey asked 2,000 hiring managers for memorable resume mistakes, and blatant lies were a popular choice. One candidate claimed to be the former CEO of the company to which he was applying, another claimed to be a Nobel Prize winner, and one more claimed he attended a college that didn't exist.
These are "misguided attempts to compensate for lacking 100% of the qualifications specified in the job posting."
Candidates should concentrate on the skills they can offer, rather than the skills they can't offer.
"Hiring managers are more forgiving than job seekers may think," "About 42% of employers surveyed said they would consider a candidate who met only three out of five key qualifications for a specific role."
8. Too much text
When you use a 0.5-inch margin and eight-point font in an effort to get everything to fit on one page, this is an "epic fail,".