What You Should (And Should Never) Include in Your Resume

Thursday 10 April, 2014


Hiring managers and employers fish through hundreds of repetitive resumes hundreds of all day, every day. Imagine reading “Professional Summary: Results driven leader…” and “Objective: To secure a position with a company…” that often! That’s the life of the HR hiring manager and recruiter. 


They see that many resumes that it’s hard to see any difference in any of them unless the document fits what they’re looking for.


It’s important to also note that often, what you leave out of a CV is just as important as what you include in it. If you’re having a hard time understanding what employers want to see in a resume and what will make you stand out among the rest, here are some ‘Dos’ and ‘Don’ts’ that can guide you:


Do include:

-A list of skills to show that you can handle the job.


-Any extra skills or experience relevant to the role, including volunteering or work-related courses courses


-Good presentation in the way you write your resume, showing that you've taken care with it.


Don’t include:

-Your life's story. Maintain the focus on the job's requirements. Recruiters and employers are interested in knowing that you're capable of doing the job. 


-Excuses. Stress education if you don't have work experience. If you;re lacking in one skill, emphasise your ability with another.


-Inconsistencies. Don't try to bend the truth on your resume. Also be sure to clean up your social media network profiles including LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter so as to appear professional and to be sure that anything employment-related is consistent with your CV.


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