The 5 Things to Remove from Your Resume

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It is officially 2018 ladies! Can you believe it?! It feels like 2017 went by so fast. 2017 was an amazing year, it’s the year that I started The Sophisticated Gal and grew this amazing #girlboss community. I have so many amazing things planned for 2018 and I can’t wait to share it with all of you! One of the things that I plan on doing more of in 2018 is providing more resume tips so you can feel more confident in your resume when you’re applying to jobs.

Now that it is the new year, it’s time to take your resume to the next level! Let’s start off by talking about some of the things you should remove from your resume this year, especially if you plan on applying for new jobs! Remember that it is always a good idea to update your resume every 6 months, even if you’re not actively looking for a new job. So here are the 5 things you should remove from your resume this year.

#1 That Unprofessional Email Address

Do you still have an email address from middle school that was basically your AIM screen name or something a little embarrassing? While this is probably a good email address to use for those “junk” emails, this is not the email address to include on your resume. It’s super easy to sign up for an email address on Gmail, Yahoo, etc., so create a new email address that is solely for professional emails.

Make sure your email address includes your name and use a modern email service like Gmail, Outlook or Yahoo. Using AOL, Hotmail or MSN could actually hurt your chances of getting the job because some hiring managers might see this as unprofessional or could potentially think that you aren’t up-to-date on modern email clients.

#2 Objectives

This one might be a bit controversial, but I’m here to tell you that the “objective” statements on resumes don’t really do much other than take up valuable real estate on your resume. Most objectives don’t really give any information that are of valuable to hiring managers. A lot of objectives are pretty standard in how they’re written, so if you’re looking to stand out – it is probably best to just skip the standard “objective” statement anyways, especially if it isn’t bringing any value. Instead, use that space to add in more details on your experience related to the job you’re applying for or to give a few more details about yourself.

#3 Jobs from High School

Unless you are a freshman in college applying for a job, you should not have those jobs from when you were in high school on your resume anymore. Instead, use the space to go into more detail on the experience you’ve had at current or past jobs that align with the new job(s) that you’re applying for.

If you’ve been out of college for a few years, you may want to also start considering removing any college jobs or irrelevant experiences that really don’t have anything to do with what you’re doing now or the job you’re applying for. If you could use this extra space to go into more detail on your experiences/successes at more recent jobs to show that you’re a worthy candidate for the new job you’re applying for.

#4 Your Full Address

Honestly, listing your full address with house number, street name, etc. isn’t really helpful to hiring managers. At the end of the day, they are just looking at the city and state to see if you are local or if you would need to relocate/work remotely. So, this year when you’re working on your resume, include the city and state you’re living in rather than the full address.

What’s important to include in your contact details? Obviously your email and phone number are important, but now including your LinkedIn profile link has become increasingly helpful for hiring managers when reviewing resumes.

Make sure your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date and ready to get noticed! If you want help with updating your LinkedIn profile, head on over to my Etsy store. I offer a LinkedIn Profile Update service so that you can focus on applying for your dream job(s)!

Related Reading: How to Get Noticed on LinkedIn

#5 A Picture of Yourself

Okay, so I’m just gonna be honest here. I’m sure you’re thinking, “Kristen, you have resume templates with an option to add a photo so why is this on here?” and yes I know…while showing a picture of yourself could help them get to know you and your personality, truthfully it’s something that I think you should leave out of your resume in 2018. Instead of taking up the extra space on your resume for a photo, use that as an opportunity to put some more details about yourself or your achievements! You want the hiring mangers reviewing your resume to be focused on your skills and not focused on your picture, so if you have a picture on your resume currently – remove it and let your talents and previous experience speak for themselves!

5 Things to Remove from Your Resume in 2018 | The Sophisticated Gal


Related Reading: Common Resume Mistakes to Avoid

If one of your resolutions or goals for 2018 is to find a new job, then there is no better time than now to update your resume with one of the resume templates from my Etsy store or invest in one of my professional resume services so you can make sure your resume is 100% ready for when you are ready to apply for new jobs. Pictured above is one of the newest resume templates I uploaded to my Etsy store! It offers a design that follows all of these tips and will help you stand out among a sea of applicants.

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    1. Thanks Taylor! I hope this inspired you to update your resume, even if you’re not currently in the market for a job 🙂

  1. I haven’t updated my resume in quite some time, but I totally agree that you don’t need your objective, address or high-school jobs on there. I also never understood using an email that wasn’t just your name!

  2. Such good recommendations. Removing the objectives is smart. Another one (and this might be showing my age a little as people used to always do this) is to remove ‘References Available Upon Request’. Everyone used to write this at the bottom of their resume – and still see some people do this. It’s obviously a given!!

    1. Yes, Yolanda! Hiring managers know that they can request references if they wanted to, so there’s not point in putting the “References Available Upon Request” line on your resume anymore! Plus it just takes up space!

  3. This is such a helpful post, Kristen! You’ve inspired me to revisit my resume soon and see how I can improve it with these tips!
    XO Kelly |

  4. I agree with all of these! I’ve heard that people in Europe use pictures on their CVs but it’s not super common in the US. I laughed when I read the first tip because my “spam email” from like 6th grade is “superstar9278” which I’m SO embarrassed about 9 years later.

    Hannah | the swirl

  5. I totally agree with all of these especially the picture. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen resumes with pictures and I just cringe!

  6. Totally agree with all of this – including the advice to update your resume every six months, even when you’re not actively looking for a job! There have been so many times that the right opportunity has come along when I wasn’t expecting it, and I had to stay up super late scrambling to perfect my resume… not fun. So I’m trying to get into this habit!

  7. I work as a corporate recruiter and I couldn’t agree more with these tips. The childish emails drive me CRAZY! It’s a real turn off when I have to send an interview invite to “”

  8. I’m so surprised to see that so many students in college still have childish email addresses! You don’t think it’s a big deal but an employer will certainly be skeptical.

  9. Yes to ALL of these! I’ve had to hire before and even if your resume is otherwise great, if you have some wacky, unprofessional email address I will totally put you in the ‘no’ pile.

  10. These are great tips! I definitely agree with the picture. A lot of HR managers actually won’t accept those because they would like remove as much bias as possible. It’s really only necessary for like an acting or modeling role.

  11. Girl I agree with all of these! I will say, it’s really important NOT to include your picture on your resume because it gives potential employers the opportunity to (subconsciously) discriminate. They’re not allowed to ask you for your ethnicity, race, gender, religion, etc, for these reasons, so don’t bypass that by including a picture!

    Also, I think objectives are good in specific instances — like if you’re moving into a completely different field and want to justify why your experience isn’t in the field they employer is in, or if you’re way overqualified for a position but you want to explain why you should still be considered and would be a great fit.

    Overall, fantastic post girl! I love it 🙂

    Logan |

  12. This is super helpful! I’ve never thought about the fact that my full address probably doesn’t matter. I have a few things on my resume I need to clean up!

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