12 Things You Should Remove from Your Resume NOW

Written by  //  June 25, 2013  //  CAREER & MONEY  // 

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By Dena Bilbrew

1. MULTIPLE PHONE NUMBERS AND EMAIL ADDRESSES
Employers are very busy and will not contact you at multiple places. You should put the BEST phone number and email address to reach you. They may schedule an interview with the first 3 candidates that they speak with.

2. OBJECTIVE
“To work in a challenging environment where I can utilize strong negotiation and communication skills with opportunities for career advancement.”
Employers have seen it a thousand times. Objectives are not necessary anymore, so don’t waste space with this. Start with your Key Skills and keywords directly related to the job description.

3. PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY PARAGRAPH
“An accomplished professional with expertise in communications, interpersonal skills, and solution focused with a history of exceeding objectives. Experienced in mortgage and real estate support with strengths in account maintenance and record management functions.”
After about the 12th resume it all starts to blend in to employers. They don’t want “dig” through to see if you have what they’re looking for. List your skills in bullets and short phrases.

4. OVERUSED WORDS / PHRASES
Motivated, Team Player, Communication/Organizational Skills, Multi-tasking, Results-oriented, Customer Service, Time Management, Dependable
Using these words makes your resume sound like everyone else’s. Your resume is your time to be unique. What is your brand and areas of expertise?  Use buzzwords for your industry.

5. “RESPONSIBLE FOR” and “DUTIES INCLUDE”
List accomplishments for each job not daily duties.  Employers want to know what you accomplished at your current/previous job that you can do for them.
Start with an action verb:Initiated, Supervised, Trained, Increased, Decreased, Organized, Facilitated, Negotiated, Recommended, Designed, Recruited

6. WORK EXPERIENCE THAT’S MORE THAN 10 YEARS AGO
Your resume is a snapshot of who you are and what you’ve done recently.  Saying that you got “Employee of the Year” in 1998 makes employers think you haven’t done anything noteworthy recently, because if so you would’ve listed it. Constantly update your resume with the most recent accomplishments/skills/education.  Exceptions: Executive level positions or if you are using a Curriculm Vitae (CV).

7. COMPANY WEBSITE AND DESCRIPTION
The resume is about YOU – not the company.  If an employer wants a description of the company, they can Google it. I only suggest putting websites if it is a link to YOUR work.

8. DATE YOU GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE IF MORE THAN 10 YEARS AGO
This will only age you because most people graduate from college at age 21 – 23, so employers will just add up the years. If they can figure out that you are 48, it may work against you if they’re looking for someone younger who they can pay a lesser salary.

9. HOBBIES / PERSONAL INTERESTS
Bowling, Ballroom Dancing, Jogging, Traveling, etc. should be on your LinkedIn profile or discussed over lunch when you get the job. If community service is a hobby, list it in a section entitled “Community Involvement” or “Professional Affiliations” so it gets the recognition it deserves.

10. THINGS YOU DON’T WANT TO DO AGAIN
Your resume should always look FORWARD to the job you’re trying to get and not just list things you’ve done in the past. You’re letting an employer know your experience by what’s on your resume. Don’t take up space talking about things you don’t want to do again.

11. REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
This is old school. List your 3 professional references in a separate document.

12. TIMES NEW ROMAN FONT
Everyone uses this since it’s the default font when you open Microsoft Word. Change it to something else legible and still professional looking to make your resume stand out.

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Dena Bilbrew has given career advice to 3000+ people nationwide.  Her keen ability to connect with people is due to the changes in her own career, which were the result of being laid off twice due to downsizing.  With each layoff she realized the value of “reinventing” yourself.

Dena began mentoring others as a Store Manager where she managed 40+ employees.  Later, she became a Career Planning Instructor and trained 500+ adult learners on various job search strategies. She eventually made the transition to higher education and currently serves as a Career Advisor, where she has 100+ advising appointments monthly.

Dena believes that people need 2 things – confidence and a chance.  Confidence comes from knowledge and a chance comes if you position yourself correctly.  She is a Mississippi native and a Jackson State University alumnus. She has resided in Dallas for 10+ years.  For more information, go to http://denabilbrew.wordpress.com.

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