4 things not to put in your resume

4 things not to put in your resume

As jobseekers know, one area of job-searching which never fails to confound them is what to include in a resume.

Include too much information, and recruiters will switch off.

But, with too little information, recruiters won't be sure whether you qualify for the next step in the process.

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As most jobseekers have an excess of details in their resume and don't know what to eliminate, Mr Brie Weiler Reynolds, a content and social-media manager at FlexJobs, suggests in Mashable.com four things people can always leave off it.

These tips should help one organise one's information, and present the most essential details in a format that is easy to read and quickly understandable for recruiters.

1. An "objective"

This is the statement at the top of a resume that tells an employer what you're looking for - but it's got to go.

Employers already know you're interested in their job, so it's unnecessary.

Instead, use a "summary of qualifications" to introduce employers to your most relevant skills and experience, and to show them exactly how your experience fits their needs.

2. Unrelated awards, hobbies and interests

Mr Reynolds said that he had encountered a jobseeker who claimed to be a "pig-wrestling champion" in his resume, which is a great accomplishment.

But it had nothing to do with the job he applied for, and it distracted from the rest of his qualifications.

Unless it directly adds to your qualifications for the job or helps the employer see how you fit in with the company culture (for example, if you're applying to an outdoor-apparel company and you are an avid hiker, that's a hobby that matches the company's culture), leave it off your resume.

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