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Resume Cleanup: Sixteen Items You Should Remove Today

  • Resume Cleanup: Sixteen Items You Should Remove Today-

    Multiple Phone Numbers

    Do you remember the scene in the movie "He's Just Not That Into You" where Drew Barrymore's character is complaining about playing phone (and email and Facebook and text…) tag with a potential suitor? The more phone numbers you introduce into the mix, the easier it is to miss an important message from a prospective employer. Avoid this confusion by listing one phone number, preferably the number for your mobile phone, where you control the voicemail, who picks up the phone, and when.  

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Resume Cleanup: Sixteen Items You Should Remove Today

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    Multiple Phone Numbers

    Do you remember the scene in the movie "He's Just Not That Into You" where Drew Barrymore's character is complaining about playing phone (and email and Facebook and text…) tag with a potential suitor? The more phone numbers you introduce into the mix, the easier it is to miss an important message from a prospective employer. Avoid this confusion by listing one phone number, preferably the number for your mobile phone, where you control the voicemail, who picks up the phone, and when.  

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.