Searching for your next great gig is serious business, and before you even get in the door for an interview (and pray they don鈥檛 ask you insanely hard interview questions), you鈥檝e got to make the effort to revamp and perfect your resume. And there are resume tips that get you noticed聽and resume approaches that make you infamous. Since we鈥檝e overheard so many opinions聽about what makes a resume good versus great, we reached out to Lauren Milligan, career advancement coach and head resume expert at ResuMAYDAY,聽for a bit of pro wisdom to help us make ours stand out in the pile. Here are the top five聽things Lauren says to delete off your resume聽RN.


1. An objective statement. 鈥淐hances are, your 鈥榦bjective鈥 reads like, 鈥楾o obtain a challenging position in a growing company.鈥 But guess what? By sharing that, you鈥檙e not actually giving the recruiter or hiring manager ANY interesting and noteworthy information about who you are and what you have to offer!鈥 Lauren said.

To make a compelling change, she said to simply swap out your 鈥渙bjective鈥 and replace it with a summary statement. 鈥淲rite three to five sentences that talk about what you love about your work, how you truly excel and where you want to take your career.鈥 Let the employer get to know the person behind the piece of paper. If there was ever a time to shine, it鈥檚 now!

2. The 鈥渓aundry list鈥 of skills. One of the first things Lauren asked us was, 鈥淒o you have a table or columns full of keywords? Know that if you鈥檙e submitting your site via an online upload, those keywords might not even translate.鈥 That鈥檚 because many online application programs are designed to read resumes more like a human does. So, know that and stick the most important words about you and your accomplishments in the body of your resume.

Lauren suggests formatting them with bullet points, surrounded by your accomplishments. 鈥淭his is where you鈥檙e going to get the mileage and recognition for your work,鈥 she noted.


3. A second page. We wondered: Do interview and hiring managers ever make decisions based on the second page of a resume? Lauren said, 鈥淣ope. Edit, edit, edit. Get rid of anything that isn鈥檛 directly supporting your most critical skills and career goals. Don鈥檛 litter the top of your resume with lists, selected accomplishments, technology and credentials.鈥 When you do this, you鈥檙e actually pushing your career history (the most important part of your resume!) towards the second page.

鈥淢y best advice to people writing their own resumes is to assume that your future employer will never even look at the second page of your resume,鈥 she said. That means you have to be particular about the info that makes it to the first 鈥 and only 鈥 page.

4. Complex formatting. 鈥淕oing back to online app systems, many simply can鈥檛 read and parse information when the resume is formatted with images and boxes,鈥 Lauren explained. And yes, a text box is a box. A table (even with invisible gridlines) is a box. And a page border is a really big box! Keep the formatting simple if you plan to submit via an online system, or simply prepare a second version of your resume in case the situation presents itself during your job search. If you鈥檙e dead set on using your highly designed resume or can鈥檛 bear to ditch the graphs and tables, know that you can bring the more creative version to聽your face-to-face meetings.

5. Hobbies and personal interests. As advocates of creativity and finding your passion, we love personal interests and hobbies! Lauren has seen聽this section start to pop back up on resumes, and she doesn鈥檛 love it.聽鈥淯nless your hobbies and personal time can directly and positively impact your work performance, they just don鈥檛 belong on your resume,鈥 she told us.

She gave us some inside advice too: 鈥淎ctually, unrelated hobbies and interests can be the reason that a candidate is NOT chosen for an interview.鈥 So keep it profesh until you make it in and meet everyone. The further you get in the interview process, the better idea you鈥檒l have as to how much to share about how you spend your downtime.

Got questions about Lauren鈥檚 tips or think something else can be removed from resumes? Tweet us and let us know @BritandCo!

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