Well it’s Monday so lets talk about … your job. Do you like it? Hate it? Want to drop it and just sell pencils on the corner of Phila Street?
Well then it’s time to whip out the resume. But I’ll tell you right off the bat, whatever you learned in school and however your resume looked the last time you applied for a job, there’s a pretty good chance that it now looks outdated and unprofessional
But you’re in luck – I’ve got a list of the top things (courtesy of “The Muse”) you should ditch in your resume to keep it looking fresh and not like it was written by a crazy person.
So… you should DITCH:
- An “objective” at the top. It’s old fashioned and you don’t really need it. Almost no one writes anything interesting, and the objective is obvious . . . to get the job you’re applying for. Some people replace it with a “qualifications” section, which is sort of like a quick summary of your best skills.
- Your current work email. Always list your personal email address. And make sure it’s something professional. No matter how much you love horses, “horse-lover 25″ WILL ruin a perfectly good resume.
- Big words you’d never use in real life. One or two might be okay, but you don’t want it to seem like you wrote the thing with a thesaurus next to you.
- Tiny, unrelated jobs from 15 years ago. List jobs that show you have the experience you need to do the job you’re applying for. The exception would be if you did something for a really well-known company like Google . . . you can leave that on there.
- Hobbies. If you’ve played piano for 15 years, great. But unless the job somehow involves a piano, no one cares. Only include a hobby if you don’t have a lot of work experience.