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Resume Cleanup: Sixteen Items You Should Remove Today

  • Resume Cleanup: Sixteen Items You Should Remove Today-

    Current Employer's Contact Info

    Remember, this contact information will be used by recruiters to contact you. Do you really want them calling you at work or using an email address that can be monitored by your current employer? Don't inadvertently tip your boss off about your job-search activities. Always list your personal email address and phone number on your resume and job applications. The same goes for any social media accounts associated with your professional brand. 

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Resume Cleanup: Sixteen Items You Should Remove Today

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    Current Employer's Contact Info

    Remember, this contact information will be used by recruiters to contact you. Do you really want them calling you at work or using an email address that can be monitored by your current employer? Don't inadvertently tip your boss off about your job-search activities. Always list your personal email address and phone number on your resume and job applications. The same goes for any social media accounts associated with your professional brand. 

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.