When a new job opens within a company and they start recruiting for it, how many CVs would you assume that they receive? According to various researches, they would somewhere close to 70 applications per position, and a lot more for bigger companies. We can all guess that recruiters do not read every single line of every page of a resume they receive. More often, recruiters spend just a few seconds before deeming whether the resume has potential or if it’s going straight in the rubbish bin.
If you do not want your CV to end up in the bin and get a chance to get to the interview stage, keep on reading to find out what to remove – as to not distract the recruiter with unimportant information and unhide your relevant qualifications and skills.
So, if you have a feeling your resume is a little off and needs a slight makeover, do not despair. Keep on reading and you will be amazed at just how easy and painless it is to clean up your CV, you have no excuses!
1. Career summaries – the new objective statements.
Back in the day, objective statements were the way to go. Nowadays most recruiters cringe and the sight of a usually bland statement on the candidate’s CV stating what they want. They know you already want the job, you wouldn’t be applying for it in the first place if it wasn’t like that. A much better option than an objective statement is a career summary. It provides a condensed introduction to your relevant skills, experience and any other key areas of competence.
2.Ditch the high-school email address.
Not in high-school anymore. You might think that firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com looked cool back in the day. Well’s it not anymore (not that it probably was then either) and your potential employers probably won’t find it amusing or professional. Feel free to keep those emails, just make sure to use them for personal communication. Just create a new email for all things work related, one that is more professional. The best option, and usually the safest – is to use your own name or initials.
A side note, the email provider can also play a key role as well so choose wisely. Domains from the 90s such as hotmail.com, aol.com etc look outdated and may lead the recruiter to some conclusions as that you are older or not up to date with current trends. Get a Gmail or outlook account, they look professional and are safe & free.
3. Leave the personal details out.
If you want to tell the hiring manager a bit more about yourself, there’s nothing wrong with that, however, moderation is key here. You don’t want your CV to turn into a script for a TMI video on Youtube right? If it isn’t an essential or relevant detail, leave it out of your resume. For example, with any kind of hobbies or sports, when applying for more serious job as a lawyer let’s say, it’s good to leave it out, however if you are applying for something within the athletic department etc, that would be the time to put emphasis on those sections of your CV. If you are ever unsure, just go with the safer option and just leave it out.
4. Save the references for later.
It is always nice to know you have positive references from previous employers, however it is less common to include on CV’s now. Unless the company specifically asks for them, don’t include them in your CV. The most obvious reason for this is – time. Hiring managers simply can’t afford to follow up and probably won’t spend a lot of time reading through your references.
5. Delete any kind of unrelated and outdated information.
Unrelated and outdated information is a very common mistake as most times candidates think the more things I mention on my CV the better. Well, not really. A little can go a long way you know. A good tip is to compare your CV to the actual job description. Focus on including and providing emphasis on the key requirements and qualifications that the company is looking for. Anything esle that is not even remotely close to what the company has listed in the job description has to go. To make it easier, just ask yourself – “Will the hiring manager find this valuable or just say ‘And what? Big deal’?”
Just as dangerous is outdated information. Your most recent experiences and skills are the most interesting and valuable ones for the recruiter. Hence, anything from 5-6 years has to go. This relates not only to work experiences, but education wise and any extra-curricular activities.
Most importantly – Keep your resume updated!
It’s not the most fun time spending time fixing up your CVs and working out how to best fit all of the information you have on there, however it is essential. Be pro-active and try to update your resume on a regular basis. The more often you do it, the less work it requires each time. Got a promotion or started a new position? Add it on there. When adding new information, remove the last one in that section so it doesn‘t become too cluttered. Keeping your CV clean and fresh minimizes your chances of missed job opportunities!