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What Should You Put On Your Resume … What Should Be Left Off?

Your resume should be a concise document that contains your past work experience and traits that will help the employer gauge if you are fit for the position they are looking for. Normally two pages long, the resume can only contain so much information about you.

This means you have to know what you should have in it and which ones should you leave out.


Include your personal contact details, but leave out other personal information

To properly guide you through this, it is important to know that your resume is a lot shorter than your curriculum vitae (CV), which contains a lot more information about you. The resume on the other hand, has to be tailor-fit to the job you are applying for. Given this, keep your personal information but leave out personal leisure and interests, such as hobbies and sports that you might be passionate about. Unless, of course, you are applying for a job that directly deals with those.

Your resume is not a bio-data either, so leave out personal information like your age, sex, race, religion, social security number etc. Your employer will ask you details about yourself on a case to case basis depending on the company and nature of the job you are applying for.

Include work experience that’s relevant to the position, leave out the others that don’t relate to it

It is important to consider the job position that you are applying for. Once you’ve listed all your past work experiences, see which ones contribute to the skill set and expertise that you currently have that will help you get the job.

Include measurable achievements, leave out routine and detailed tasks

Remember that achievements are different from your daily administrative tasks. A strong resume will have measurable achievements, not a list of things that your boss asked you to do. For example, if you were able to launch a campaign or product, then indicate those.

Include trainings and seminars that build your competency, leave out extra-curricular activities

Unless the extra-curricular activities build on your competency and skill set that are directly needed for the job, you can leave those clubs and organizations out of your resume. You should include seminars and training that contribute to your current expertise. Remember to indicate where you got the training and the date. Lastly, make sure you keep that list short. Keep it to the top five most latest and most important items.

Include links to professional sites, leave out personal social media links

Update your LinkedIn profile. This is not a very common practice but keeping your LinkedIn profile updated and active builds your credibility and exposure to professionals online. Your updated LinkedIn profile also serves as your own professional web page, which you can put in your resume. This way, you can lead the employer to an online resource that contains more information about you.

No need to put the links to your Facebook or Instagram page, unless you are applying for a job that requires an online portfolio that’s loaded in those platforms.

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