Resume Cleanup: Sixteen Items You Should Remove Today

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If you'd like to relocate for work, you probably already know it's best to leave your current address off your resume. However, it's becoming increasingly common for professionals to remove this information, regardless of their target location. If you're searching for a position in your current location and want employers to know you're a local candidate, include your city and state. However, leave your street address off to protect yourself from potential identity theft.

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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