Resume Cleanup: Sixteen Items You Should Remove Today

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Too Much of the Past

Employers are especially interested in your most recent experience and how that ties back to their open position's requirements. If you're an entry-level professional, it's time to take out any references to your high school career. Instead, focus on highlighting your education, relevant internships and the leadership skills you've developed during college. If you're further along in your career, limit your resume to include the most recent 15 years of experience in reverse-chronological order and remove the dates from any degrees, certifications or awards that fall outside that 15-year window.

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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