With record-rates of unemployment, more professionals than ever are gearing up for the great job search.
This critical document is required in all industries and serves as in introduction to your background, brand, and potential. Even though this is widely used throughout every stage of your career, many professionals miss the mark by following outdated resume tips. Here, is an insight on what is no longer relevant—and what to do instead.
Don’t include your full mailing address
When you were fresh out of college, your university counsellor likely recommended including your home address on your resume. Ever since it’s stayed at the top… but why is it necessary?
If you are searching for a job close to home, include your city, state and zip code to illustrate your locality. But, if you want to relocate or you’re applying for a remote position, remove it altogether.
Don’t use a resume objective statement
Decades ago, this would often dictate your purpose for applying to a specific company or explain your ultimate goal within your professional trajectory. These vague sentences don’t really help an employer determine whether you are qualified for the position or worth pursuing. So, skip it!
In its place, consider mapping out a professional summary.
Rather than illustrating your ‘wants’ and ‘needs,’ this paragraph creates a career narrative. Rather than putting it in your resume, it can be used in your cover letter or as your ‘about’ section on your LinkedIn profile. ‘In three to five sentences, summarize your qualifications for the role you’re targeting and provide examples of how you’ve used the skills and experience you’ve gained to produce results and provide value to your previous employers.
Don’t Offer references
Does ‘references available upon request’ sound familiar? After all, it’s sort of jumping the gun. ‘Employers won’t ask for your references until you’ve made it past the initial interview rounds, and they know you’ll provide this information if they request it.
Probably you likely to have read it and you’ve written it at some point in your job search. Four words may not make a huge difference but if they are in a completely separate paragraph? That’s valuable space on your resume that could be used for something more impactful.
‘Instead of wasting resume real estate with these details, prepare a list of at least three references on a separate sheet of paper that can be provided to a prospective employer at a moment’s notice.’
Don’t restrict yourself to only one page
Contrary to what you may have heard, it is unnecessary to condense your work experience down to a one-page document. Most professionals—whether they have eight or 18 years of experience—should aim for a two-page resume. The feedback of recruiters, hiring managers, and human resources professionals, suggested they are 2.3 times more likely to prefer a two-pager over a one-pager.
Don’t include a personal story
The hope of a resume is to be awarded an in-person interview. With this in mind, this document should catalyze further communication. Much like dating, the reader should be left intrigued and wanting more, without knowing your full story.
‘Psychologically, you are unintentionally diluting and diminishing the key points of your resume when you also include details about your personal life and interests,’. ‘Instead, focus on writing a resume that represents you in all your dimensions of your professional life, which is what the purpose of the resume is supposed to be for.’