Certain elements on resumes have either been so overused, or are so meaningless in the eyes of recruiters/hiring managers that just having them can be grounds for automatic rejection. Look over the 4 following “frequent offenders”. If your resume has 1 or more of these, it’s time for a re-write:
1) CLICHED SOFT SKILL DESCRIPTIONS
Soft skills lend crucial context to your work history. However, over time certain phrases become so over-used as to become almost meaningless. Frequent offenders include:
-Excellent communication skills
-Strong work ethic
-Attention to detail
If your resume includes phrases like these, revise immediately! An effective solution is to think about ways to DEMONSTRATE soft skills instead of merely listing them. HOW did you apply communication expertise? WHAT goals did you meet/exceed? Doing so will ensure these skills are integrated within your resume in a unique fashion.
2) TOO MUCH PERSONAL INFORMATION
Recruiters/hiring managers aren’t looking for every detail of your work history, just the RIGHT ones. Going overboard only makes it more difficult to evaluate your candidacy, and will hurt your chances of a response. Either eliminate or greatly minimize any the following:
-Any mention of how you were terminated from a position.
-Details of monetary bonuses
-Age, health, or appearance details
3) DATES GOING BACK TOO FAR
Ageism is an ongoing concern in the marketplace. Avoid losing out on opportunities through ONLY listing dates going back 10-15 years. Any positions past the 15-year mark should be consolidated within an “Additional Experience” section not listing specific years worked. Education and professional certifications should never have dates attached.
4) MYERS-BRIGGS and DISC PROFILES
While these tools can be an invaluable resource to job seekers, they have no place on a resume. Recruiters/hiring managers are interested in concrete RESULTS, not profiles.
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