5 Things That Must be Removed From Your Resume in 2015

January 15, 2015

Career Advice

13903354509_d6a32bed18_zNew year, new you, right? If you’re a job seeker, you might be focusing your efforts on a smaller mantra first: new year, new resume. It’s hard to write a resume. How can one outline their entire career path in one page? Here’s the good news — we’re going to tell you what you can take off your resume.

Go through our check list of the five things you must remove from your resume immediately. Strike these things out and you’ll have more room to write about those amazing career achievements you need to share with employers.

1. Third person voice
Don’t say “Mr. Thompson has a decade of experience…” Make it stronger — and shorter — by saying “I have a decade of experience…”

2. Too much business jargon
Sure keywords are important these days but your writing has to make sense. Limit the over-used business jargon to a few relevant phrases — and don’t use big words that require a dictionary definition.

3. Irrelevant jobs
Your resume isn’t the place to list EVERY job. Remove those unimportant positions that have nothing to do with your the position you’re hoping to land. Save that real estate for showing relevant experiences.

4. Irrelevant interests
It’s great that you volunteer or an expert knitter, but when we’re talking about limited space the interests will have to go. Unless the experience matches perfectly with the position, hit the delete key.

5. Exaggerations
It goes without saying that no one should lie on their resume — and that goes with exaggerations as well. Be truthful and find the best way to market yourself. Remember: your experiences and thoughts are unique and any company would be lucky to have you.

Image via Flazingo Photos.  

 

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Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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