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.
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!
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.
What items do you think could be removed from your resume?
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