Here’s what a resume is: A vehicle to get you an interview. It should spark someone’s interest so much that they feel like they have to bring you in to learn more about you. And here’s what it’s not: Your life story. Resumes should be tailored to each position you’re applying for. That means that not every piece of your history will make the final cut. Cut out this clutter now:
Get Rid of Irrelevant Experience.
Give your resume a once over – is each position listed relevant to the job in which you’re applying for? If not, can it be rewritten to highlight certain features that are relevant? Always include your major full-time positions (tailored in the best way possible to the position in which you’re interested) but remove part-time jobs, volunteer positions, and internships that don’t apply at all.
Edit, edit, edit. Once you’ve created a relevant resume, take a look at the extra information you’re sharing. There is no need to display grade point averages and descriptions of the companies you’ve worked for. Leave out a list of your interests unless they directly relate to the job you’re applying for. At some point, positions and volunteer organizations from decades ago may serve your resume better as white space.
Let Your Words Breathe.
Unless you’re a graphic designer, a simple resume is all that’s expected. There’s no need to add company logos, unique fonts, and eye-catching colors to your CV. In fact, it might make it harder to read and hurt your chances of landing an interview. Let the words tell your story and focus on making them concise and catchy.
Image by Michael Nutt.