11 Ways to Improve Your Resume

Many struggle with fitting all their experience, skills, and education on a resume. A concise and easy to read resume will increase your chances of landing an interview.

Increase your chances by eliminating several items from your resume to maximize space and capture the hiring manager’s attention.

Consider revising your resume if you see any of these:

1. References available upon request. If a company is interested in what you have to offer, they will likely assume you’ve done your due diligence and have a reference list available.

2. Dynamic/energetic/motivated/enthusiastic. All of these are great words to describe your personality, but leave them off of your résumé. Wait until you land the interview and let the company decide if you possess those traits. If these words aren’t relevant to your skills and accomplishments, they don’t need to be on your résumé. (After all, anyone can say they’re energetic.)

3. Microsoft Office. Assuming you’ve graduated from college or even high school you’ve used all the basic programs Microsoft offers at some point. Get specific on the skills you have with specific programs and what results you’ve produced with them.

4. Objective. Many consider the objective a waste of space. However, if done well an objective can make your resume stand out and stay out of the trash. The exception is if your objective is the generic “Looking for an opportunity to use my acquired skills in communications”, remove it and use the space for more valuable information.

5. Results > Experience. In a world where everyone has experience, employers now more than ever want to see results. Show how many people attended an event you planned, show the growth of a company or product after a marketing campaign, and what clients you’ve worked with.

6. Fluff words - Team player/people person/client friendly. Rather than use words that every employer looks for and every applicant says he or she possesses, show how you represent those qualities. What groups or organizations are you involved in? Where do you volunteer? Have you lead a group of individuals during a project?

7. Photos. Unless you’re applying for a job in which your face is an important part of the application process (acting, modeling, etc.) leave it off. In some cases, employers are forced to ignore your because it contains information that can be used as discriminatory—that is age, sex, ethnicity—later in the process.

8. High school. Once you reach your junior year in college, delete all your high school information. At this point you should have more experience and details to include that are more relevant than being on the varsity soccer team and fishing club. The one exception is if you have a considerably high ACT or SAT score.

9. Contact info. Keep it simple and professional when including your contact information. Provide one phone number, one email address and one street address. More importantly make sure your email address is professional sounding. HottieBooBear@gmail.com doesn’t come across as someone you’d want to hire.

10. Hobbies/interests. Leave them off! List them on LinkedIn and bring them up in the interview to show your personality but leave them off your resume.

11. Color. The quickest way to show you’re not serious is to use anything but black as the font color for your resume.