Spring Cleaning: Time to Update that Resume

While it is never too late to make resolutions, vows to do better, or commitments to reform, it is a bit too late for a new year’s resolution.  However if you are looking for a way to avoid an excruciating spring cleaning project and do something a bit more cerebral, update your resume.

Did you think there was a fun option coming?

Your resume, unlike that catch all drawer in the kitchen, cannot be cleaned once every spring but now is a great time to start a new updating schedule for your resume.

Let’s get started!

First, let’s eliminate portions of our resume that serve no use or are simply taking up space.

On 95% of the resumes that I have reviewed, objective statements fall into this category.  If your objective statement simply sums up your goal of getting the job you are applying for; you are wasting space on your resume.  Objective statements can be very clever and useful in summing up where you are going as a professional, however most people don’t take the time to craft a fantastic statement. If you are one of those people, take it out of the drawer and throw it away.

Other items that can be discarded as we rummage through our resumes are:

  1. Lists of tasks that read like a job description. You are more than a job description and you need potential employers to know that. Focus on accomplishments.
  2. Lists of affiliations and association memberships that have nothing to do with the position you are applying for.
  3. Statements like “References Available Upon Request”. I never understand why people waste space by putting this on their resume. As an interviewer, I don’t expect you to say no if I ask for references. It’s a useless, meaningless statement of the obvious.

The WorkBuzz’s Résumés: What’s in and what’s out in 2014 has a few suggestions about how to fill the empty space left by scrubbing that useless objective from your resume.

Are you on the fence about keeping or discarding something from your resume? Ask all o your burning questions below.

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