When you apply for a new job, chances are there are many other people vying for the same position. And that means recruiters and managers have to sift through many resumes. So, it goes without saying that it’s important for you to have a powerful resume that stands out from the crowd. If you’re updating your current resume, or if you’re applying for a new job, you’ll want to remove the following six items from your resume.
GPA and internship experience
Unless you just graduated from college, your GPA and internships are not really relevant. The same goes for the year you graduated, as it reveals your age and can disqualify you from the position.
Everything on page two
The ideal length of a resume should be just one page. Whatever doesn’t fit, that you think is relevant or noteworthy, can go into the cover letter. The idea is to make it easy for the recruiting manager to get a good idea of you as a candidate in the shortest time (and space) possible.
Instead of putting career goals and objectives in the resume, describe them in the cover letter.
These days, most applicants have general skills, such as proficiency with computer programs. And describing yourself with generic descriptions won’t help set you apart either, so keep those off the resume.
Overly-long job descriptions
Remember, the resume has to be succinct and concise. So, give job details and notable accomplishments with bullet point, but plan to elaborate and explain more during the interview.
If you do volunteer work within controversial movements, it’s advisable to keep these off the page.