Stuff to Skip
I promise you as an employer, I don’t want to see the following:
Length – If your resume is more than two pages long, I’m not going to read it. Length doesn’t mean better, in fact, the more you ramble on about your past career experiences, education, awards, and hobbies the less impressed I am and you can bet your resume will land in the so-called circular file.
Format – Do you have one of those resumes that jumps all over the place? By that I mean do you list work experience here and there, a mission statement somewhere in between and maybe pop in your education in improper places? If so, you need to learn the correct resume format.
Hobbies – I don’t mind if possible candidates include a hobby or two, but I don’t need to know how you belong to a book club, have mentored youngsters to read, like to garden, vacations on the beach and you are still in love with the guy you met in high school and now you have five kids together. In my opinion, I’d leave the hobbies completely out unless they are pertinent to the job. For example, if you’re applying as an administrative assistant, volunteering at a youth center to teach job duties for an administrative assistant is fine to include.
Certifications – I do want to know if you’re certified or received training in areas that are important to the position I have open, but I really don’t care if you were an Eagle Scout or a Girl Scout leader. If you are applying for an automotive technician position, I do want to know that you’re ASE Certified or if you want to be part of my IT Department, I do want to know about specific training you’ve had in this area, but skip the unimportant stuff—please!
Family – Believe it or not, some people will dedicate half a page to their family, the name of their spouse, how many kids they have, their ages and accomplishments they’re proud of. I really don’t care about this either. If I hire you, I’ll get to know your family.
Paper – If you turn in a resume on any color paper other than white—yep, it’s the circular file. I also don’t want perfumed scented paper.