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What are some unnecessary items people put on their resumes?

I am applying to internships and want my resume to look good. What can I leave out? #resume #recruiting #resume-writing #linkedin

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Kim’s Answer

Hi Abby!

Lots has changed in resume writing over the years, primarily because of the introduction of computers. We used to take our resumes to a print shop, and once they were done, that was it. Nowadays, you are expected to change your resume to match the position you are applying for. Everybody does it.

What does not go on the resume?
Words like "phone" in front of your phone number (it looks like a phone number!), or "e-mail" in front of your e-mail address.
Addresses and phone numbers of your employers. Simply list the city and state.
Anything personal. We used to list hobbies/interests at the bottom. Don't do it!
References. They go on a separate page. Make sure to have their e-mail address.
The phrase: "references upon request." They know that!

Disagreeing with what is otherwise good advice above, a "career objective" is a thing of the past. All it is is a fancy way of saying that you want the job. But DO write a good cover letter.

Do not list reasons why you no longer work somewhere.

I think that about covers it.
Great question!

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Carole’s Answer

Hi Abby
Before I answer what is unnecessary to put on I am going to answer what is necessary:
1. Because you applying for internships you must have your classes listed that apply to the internship that you are trying to get and sometimes it is important to also give them you GPA, that can certainly help you especially if it is a good GPA.
2. You Skills and qualifications should be listed so that they know if you have had any kind of experience in the area of your internship. Make sure you have written the computer programs and skills that you have knowledge of. This is important in any occupation.
3. Your Objective should be the first item listed on your resume under you name, address, email and phone. Then your skills and qualifications. "What job would you would like to achieve by getting this internship." After that your experience in the job arena paid or volunteer. "What have you done for any kind of work experience starting with the most recent. If you haven't had any jobs and this is your first experience, anything club or association that you have been involved in, especially if you were a leader, should be put under Associations or school organizations. Being a leader in a club or group is important for them to see. Focus on accomplishments that you have in your job or achievement history. If you speak two or more languages then those should be listed (written or verbal) under the skills and qualification section.
4. If you have any awards or achievement then you can list them also, especially if they are scholastic, but recreational is good also.

5. If you are applying to a college GPA from high school is important. If in college and wanting an internship classes and GPA are very important on the resume.

Don't put on resume:
1. Other than your name, address, phone and email, you should not put anything that is personal, such as children, siblings, age, date of birth, weight, height, race, religion.
2. The list of references should NOT be on your resume; they should be on a separate piece of paper already typed out ready to give the person on the interview this sheet of paper if they want them. References are people who know you other than family. A teacher would be a good idea or a past boss or a peer that you worked with, someone who can give you a good recommendation. Sometimes they will write a letter of recommendation for you.
3. If you have a criminal record you don't need to put it on resume. Many businesses will do a background check and then they will find out. If the application has a place for the criminal activity you must fill it out truthfully because they will find out anyway thru the background check.
4. Don't make sentences long; be short with the right words (don't be wordy); be factual and positive but brief.
5. Nothing should be mentioned on the resume concerning Salary, either past salary or what you want for a salary. This is usually saved for another interview or it will be discussed if the interviewer brings it up.
6. When you write your resume you should have it on 8 1/2 x 11 paper in a plain and clear font and style. No colored paper just white or ivory. Margins should be clean and in straight lines.
7. You also dress for success which means no jeans, not too much make-up, proper shoes, no flip flop shoes, in other words look like you are ready for this job NOW!
Please let me know if you have any other questions regarding this question. It is a good question that you have thought about and I hope this makes resume writing simpler for you. Good luck in your process of finding an internship.

Thank you comment icon Hi Carole: Your comments are insightful. Most of the techniques you listed is what my two young adults did when they were in high school. Thanks for sharing. Sheila Jordan
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Molly’s Answer

Agree with all of the above answers. Would also add to the style should be simple and not complicated with tables, lines, etc. These tend to scramble in applicant tracking systems making it hard to review for recruiters.

Best of luck!

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ritesh’s Answer

Well following things you shouldn't put in resume :

1. Career Objective:

Replace an objective statement with a professional appearing profile; something that summarises the best parts of your background and highlights you best. Set the correct tone/theme and use the rest of the resume as a proof.

2. Mailing Address:

You don’t have a place for this. You don’t need to put that and also as it might for security reasons, better do not mention.

3. Several Telephone Numbers:

Mention the number at which you can be consistently reached. If they want multiple ways to contact you, they would ask for it.

4. Grammatical error:

It might look like a small thing, but even the smallest error can be a turn off for a keen-eyed recruiter.

5. Too Many Bullets:

You might be over-bulleting, without knowing, so do not bullet everything. Use this tool to highlight the most important information in a good manner.

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