Are you searching for employment with a useless resume? If so, your document has a high likelihood of ending up in a recruiter’s shred pile. Review this list of the 10 things that can make a resume useless, and adjust your resume to ensure it doesn’t meet any of these criteria.
1. Too Long
It's not uncommon for job recruiters to receive dozens of resumes for one open position. Reading through all of these documents is a time-consuming process, and many resumes end up in the shredder because they're simply too long. Make sure your resume isn't longer than two pages, but aim for one page.
2. Contains an Objective
If you submit a resume to an employer, your obvious objective is to land the job. You don't need to state this information. Also, objective statements are considered outdated. Create a career summary instead.
3. Too Fancy
Employers often view decorative paper, fancy fonts and colored inks as distractions. Some employers even consider fancy resumes to be a tad bit unprofessional. Keep your resume simple; use plain white paper, a standard font and black ink.
4. Contains Nonrelevant Work Experience
Don't waste your employer's time by submitting a resume that lists irrelevant work experience. Make sure your document is tailored to the position you're applying for and that the experience you list demonstrates your ability to perform the job.
5. Stuffed With Keywords
It's essential to ensure you have relevant keywords and phrases in your resume, but don't go too far. Stuffing your document with keywords in order to get past application trackers is a trick employers are very familiar with and greatly frown upon.
6. No Social Media Links
If your resume doesn't have at least one social media link, employers might think you're not up-to-date with technology or have something to hide. At the very least, your document should point employers to a professional LinkedIn account.
7. Lists Your Hobbies
Employers are generally unconcerned with what you do in your spare time. Unless your hobbies directly relate to the position, don't list them.
8. Too Little White Space
In your quest to make your resume two pages or less, did you cram a ton of information together? If so, it's time for a revise. Resumes with too little white space are very difficult to read and digest. They usually look pretty bad as well. Use standard line spacing to ensure easy readability.
If you still have your job from high school or your skills using Microsoft Office 2005 listed on your resume, it's time for an update. It's important to continuously update your resume as you gain skills and experiences, even if you're not on an active job search.
10. Contains Photographs
Unless you're seeking a career as a model or actress, don't include your photograph. The majority of employers are interested in your skills qualifications, not your looks.
Don't ruin your chances of landing a great job by submitting a useless resume to a prospective employer. Your resume is the most important document in your job search arsenal, so make sure it's always up-to-date, relevant and free of anything employers deem useless.
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