Resume Cleanup: Sixteen Items You Should Remove Today

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Inappropriate Email Addresses

The email address may have been cute when you were in college, but it's not the best choice to represent your professional brand today. The same goes for shared family accounts such as and email addresses that are offensive or sexual in nature. Do yourself a favor and sign up for a free address with a provider like Gmail that's reserved exclusively for your job-search and networking activities. 

You have six seconds to make a great first impression. Go!

Seriously, a recent study by TheLadders found that recruiters spend only six seconds with a resume before they determine if it's worth more of their time. That's a pretty small window, so you have to make sure you're including only the most critical data. The study found that recruiters spend almost 80 percent of their review time focusing on name, current title/company, previous title/company, previous position start and end dates, current position start and end dates and education. Beyond that, recruiters mostly looked for keywords that matched the open position.

So, get ready to Spring clean that resume. In this slideshow, Amanda Augustine, a career management expert for TheLadders, has identified 16 items you can remove from your resume right away that will help your job application avoid the hiring manager's trash pile.


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