Why Is THAT on Your Resume
Why Is THAT on Your Resume
Throughout my career, quite a few resumes have come to my desk. “Interesting” is an understatement in the description of the things I’ve seen that often makes me ask the dreaded question … “Why is THAT in your CV?” I have decided to share with you what “THAT” is, along with some alternatives, what you can do instead of doing “THAT”.
The dreaded “DAS” includes:
Labels like “Email”, “Address” and “Phone Number”
It is not necessary to mark these items in the CV title. I’m pretty sure the average person will recognize e-mail addresses, phone numbers, and addresses. If more than one phone number is listed, mark it to distinguish the mobile number (or cell number) from the home number. I remember a resume that actually lists 2 cell numbers – just pick one.
Unprofessional e-mail addresses
I can not help but smile at some of the very creative email addresses people have come up with. I remember seeing e-mail addresses that made me think, “What does THAT mean?” For example, “[email protected]”, “[email protected]” and “[email protected]” just to name a few. These very creative e-mail addresses distracted me, even briefly, from the task at hand-assessing the candidate’s skills, qualifications, contributions, and achievements to see if they can complement the needs of the team and the company. Although creativity is a great qualification for many jobs, keep it for the next big project. For your job search and resume, stick to the basic address [email protected]
“And the like” or “Etc.”
What exactly does that mean for your qualification for the job you are doing? Imagine that you are the hiring manager and read the following in the CV of an applicant:
“Execute strategies, etc.”
“Collaborate with team members and the like.”
“Managed programs, etc.”
“Increased profits and the like.”
Does not it seem as if something is missing in these statements? Substance – missing. If your CV is your marketing document, tell the recruiter exactly what “etc.” and “and the like”. How? First remove the “filler words” [as we would call them in Toastmasters]. Second, use facts from your background that clearly illustrate your value. Leave nothing to the imagination of the hiring manager. Be specific, be detailed, be concise. Here’s an example: “Designing and implementing profitable sales and marketing strategies that exceed sales targets by 20%.” Is not that a much better picture of your value?
If you have “hard workers” in your resume, revise it immediately. Instead, use your achievements and contributions to show HR managers how hard they are at managing the impact you’ve achieved and why they should hire you as a member of their team.
“[Credential] Certification Candidate”
If you have not yet taken or planned the certification exam, why is that on your CV? Instead, use your cover letter to explain your plans to take the exam in the near future. When you have set the exam date, indicate in your cover letter that you are scheduled to take the exam and indicate the appointment. This demonstrates your commitment to professional growth and your desire to be a Certified Expert, ready to contribute to the Company’s long-term success.
Where should I start? There is absolutely too much technology to find out. Because of the multitude of programs, languages, systems, software and hardware in the world, you should specify your technical skills in your resume. Example: “Technical knowledge in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint” is a clear indication of your abilities.
College course numbers
Course numbers do not mean hiring managers and take up valuable space in your resume. For new graduates with very little or no relevant work experience, it is strongly recommended to list the names of completed higher education courses that are relevant to your target job. Just do not use course numbers. Also consider reducing some course titles that may be too long. For example, instead of listing “Introduction to Marketing,” you should list marketing or a higher marketing course, such as “Strategic Marketing,” which is far more effective.
Active links from copied and pasted text
You used a template but did not customize the content? Did you actually copy content from the template and paste it into your resume? It is never recommended to copy and paste content from templates or other sources. However, in this case, be aware of active links that point to the site from which you copied the content. A general rule of thumb is: Do not copy content from templates and do not paste them. Instead, use templates to control your thought process, but create your own resume content that is relevant and specific to you.
A long section with information
If your resume contains a paragraph with 15 lines of text under a job, you hinder your marketing efforts. Think of a written advertisement or billboard at the train station or at the side of a bus. Can you better read the ad with 15 lines of text or the ad with 3 short but very informative lines of text? If your answer is the latter, revise your resume immediately. If you have a lot of time, have your CV updated by a professional resume writer for you. Comprehensive but concise is the key.
Save your signature for the cover letter.
The curriculum vitae serves as a promotional tool to market your qualifications to a potential employer. You can choose to work with a certified professional resume writer to develop this important advertising tool, or you can choose to develop it yourself. In any case, the ultimate goal is to capture a job interview with a well written, high quality resume (and cover letter) filled with relevant keywords and validating the content – the informative material.
Just stay with the most informative stuff and remove THESE other stuff from your CV.