One of the biggest mistakes that some resume writers make is including too much information in their resumes. Too many individual become way too wordy when writing their resumes. The problem with this is if your resume is too long, it may simply bore a potential employer to tears. When this happens, the employer begins to quickly lose interest. This is why you must be concise and direct when putting your resume together. You should basically omit anything that is not needed.
Remember, your resume is a tool that can be used to get your foot in the door. Once your foot is in the door and you have been contacted for an interview, then you will have the opportunity to talk about yourself and your skills to your hearts intent. Until that time you should greatly limit the information which you present in your resume. You should limit this information to what is relevant and what is needed to be revealed so that you can gain an interview.
The use of irrelevant information is the best way to take a professional resume and to turn it into a complete travesty. You should only consider including things in your resume which directly act with the type of position that you are applying for. You don’t need to include an over-kill of personal information. Many people will do this believing that the revealing of their personal information outside of work will make an employer feel closer to them. This is hardly ever the case. An employer is only looking for those skills and attributes that will serve them well in the work place and are not concerned with your personal hobbies or life.
In fact, most companies want to make sure that their employee’s personal lives and obligations don’t conflict with their work. Therefore, you should limit the use of irrelevant personal information from your resume all together.
How Do I Know If I Have Included Irrelevant Information In My Resume?
The best way to determine if you have included irrelevant information in your resume is to simply interview yourself for the position that you are attempting to acquire. Begin reading over your resume. As you read over each section ask yourself if the information provided is relevant to the position that you have applied for. If it is not, then it most likely does not belong.
Read over your resume again. Have you included any personal information about yourself that is not relevant to obtaining a job? If so, this personal information should also be removed from the resume. You may want to apply this rule to your objective and cover letter as well. Oftentimes, people use their cover letter and objective to simply talk about themselves and what this job will do for them. Instead, you should be using these sections to tell a potential employer what hiring you would do for this job. Make your resume about your employers and not about yourself.
Omit what’s irrelevant from your resume and you will have a better chance of acquiring the position of your dreams.
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