Hiring managers rarely have the time or resources to look at each résumé closely, and they typically spend about six seconds on their initial fit/no fit decision. If you want to pass that test, you need to have some solid qualifications — and the perfect resume to highlight them.
Here are 34 things you should strike from your resume right now.
1. An objective 2. Irrelevant work experiences 3. Personal details 4. Your full mailing address 5. More than one phone number 6. Your hobbies 7. Blatant lies 8. Too much text 9. Too many bullets 10. Time off 11. Details that give away your age 12. References 13. Inconsistent formatting 14. Personal pronouns 15. Present tense for a past job 16. A less-than-professional email address 17. Any unnecessary, obvious words 18. Your current business-contact info 19. Headers, footers, tables, images, charts 20. Your boss’ name 21. Company-specific jargon 22. Social-media URLs that are not related to the targeted position 24. Salary information 25. Outdated fonts 26. Fancy fonts 27. Annoying buzzwords 28. Reasons you left a company or position 29. Your GPA 30. A photo of yourself 31. An explanation of why you want the job 32. Opinions, not facts 33. Generic explanations of accomplishments 34. Short-term employment