Spring is coming and with that comes spring cleaning. If you’re a job seeker the first thing on your spring cleaning list should be your resume! Clean up the 8 sections of your resume listed below and spring into a new career just in time for the warm weather to roll in.
Spring Cleaning Your Resume
Start your spring off right by cleaning up and removing the unnecessary parts of your resume. Your resume is the first step in applying for a new job. It’s important to have the best resume possible to present your skills and accomplishments to your potential employer.
Below are 8 changes you should make to your resume:
1. Remove the Objective
An objective is no longer necessary on a resume. The standard paragraph at the top of your resume explaining that you ‘want to find a position to excel and develop your skills’ is just filler. Use this space instead to get to the meat of your resume. Hiring managers spend an average of 6 seconds looking at a resume; don’t hide the important skills an employer will be looking for by placing a filler paragraph at the top of your resume.
2. Remove the Paragraphs
Keep your resume simple and easy to read. A resume should be easy for someone to scan and pull out the important information. Stick to bullet points and numbers instead of paragraphs and big words.
3. Clean up the Spelling
Make sure your spelling and grammar are impeccable before submitting your resume to a potential employer. The easiest way to have your resume placed in the ‘no’ pile is if it’s riddled with spelling and/or grammatical mistakes.
4. Remove the Picture
Unless you’re a model or an actor there’s no reason your picture should be on your resume. It is unnecessary and should be removed immediately.
5. Clean Up the Skills
Skills should only be include on your resume when they are extremely relevant to the job you’re applying for. These days everyone has Microsoft Office skills so general skills such as these should only be included on your resume if they are asked for in the job posting. Keep the skills section of your resume for technical skills related to the job you’re applying for, leave out the fillers.
6. Remove the Job Descriptions
Instead of listing your job duties of your previous job be sure to list your accomplishments. Anyone can look up a job description for your position but hiring managers want to know what you were able to accomplish in that role and what difference you made to the company you worked for.
7. Remove the Unrelated Jobs
Have a job on your resume from 2002 that is unrelated to the field you’re applying to? Get rid of it! You can use the transferable skills from that job to relate to the new job you’re applying for but leave the job off of your resume. It is taking up valuable space and potentially making your resume longer than it needs to be.
8. Clean Up the Hobbies
There’s been much debate over whether or not hobbies should be included on a resume. Hobbies can be space wasters on a resume if they are general interests that many people have. If you have a specific hobby that you’re passionate about or that is related to the field you’re applying in, feel free to include it on your resume. If your hobbies section consists of general interests like reading and listening to music, clean those up and remove them from your resume.