Erik Larson writes about the job market, resume improvement, and career advice
The job application process has changed a lot in the last few years. For example, there is a strong chance that your potential employer might be analyzing your Facebook page to judge your personal and professional character.
Despite these rather drastic changes, there is one thing that is as important today as it was a decade or two ago- your resume. A good resume is the key to getting an interview and bringing you closer to the job. You can find lots of resources online and offline that show you what to write in one. The modern resume, however, does not focus on adding lots of information which can span multiple pages but trimming it down to the bare essentials. This means you should be cutting some sections and lines that serve no actual purpose anymore. Here are five things that are no longer valuable on resumes.
1. References Available on Request
This line was standard on resumes 10-20 years ago. Today, recruiters are more likely to cringe if they read this on a resume and it is simply wasted space. Everyone already knows the importance of references in landing a job and no longer needs to be said specifically within the resume. With that said you should have your references prepared should the recruiter want to move to the next level of the job application and contact your references.
2. Your photo
Nobody attaches a photograph to their resume anymore. Recruiters and hiring managers have been discouraging this practice and warning applicants not to do this for years. Why? Well, rejecting an application with the photo of the applicant may be grounds for a discrimination lawsuit. It is the worst nightmare for any HR executive, so they reject such applications without even glancing at the resume. They are saved from a possible lawsuit, but you end up losing a chance to get the job.
3. Every single job you have held
The work history/experience section in your resume is the most important one, so make sure you take special care when writing it. Do not write about every job you have ever held especially when it extends your resume to multiple pages. Instead, write about the job experience that is relevant to the position at hand. Evaluate your past work experience and ask yourself- is the job experience relevant? Is it limited to the last 10-20 years? If the answer is ‘yes’ to both questions, add the experience to your resume. If not, leave it out.
4. Resume terms done to death
Some resume terms and phrases like ‘detail-oriented’ and ‘team leader’ are done to death and hold no value for a recruiter. If you add them to your resume, it just shows you have nothing valuable to tell about yourself. When you sit down to write your resume, it is best to just write down what you can really offer to the company. If you are a team player, write how you can actually be one and cite examples where you worked with a team to achieve success.
5. A casual email address
You can set up an email address for free in just a couple of minutes, so why would you still use an unprofessional email address like firstname.lastname@example.org on your resume? It does not impress recruiters at all, so get an email address that has your first and last name, and any number that is not your year of birth or some other personal detail. Use that for all professional email correspondence.