Preparing your first resume? Dusting off an existing one and revamping it for a new job push?

As with most communication, a clear and concise document usually works best.

You only have so much space on a sheet of paper to make your statement and snag the attention of busy hiring managers.

Here are 7 things you can safely keep off that page so you can have more room for the good stuff.

1. Obvious skills – It’s assumed everyone knows the basics of Microsoft Office (especially Word). And, everyone entering the modern work force should be comfortable with a web browser.

2. Objective statement – An objective statement is usually a waste of resume real estate. Unless you’re making a large career shift and need to clarify, utilize this space for more valuable information.

3. Lies – This is a no-brainer. Don’t lie on your resume. Don’t even exaggerate statistics.

4. Clichés – Avoid overused and tired descriptions like hard-working and team player. After all, it should be assumed you’ll work hard and play well with the team.

5. “References available upon request” – Don’t waste space with this statement.

6. Crazy email addresses – Don’t include unprofessional email addresses in your resume. Unless you’re applying for a role in the fantasy gaming world, probably won’t impress the hiring manager. Even then…

7. Too many fonts – Unless you’re an experienced graphic designer who understands typography, don’t use more than two fonts. Really, you’re best off sticking to one.



Need more resume writing tips? Seeking an ally for your next career move in the IT world?

Contact InCare Staffing today.

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