It must be career season as I am seeing many new clients interested in career coaching. In the career coaching process, reviewing one's resume is paramount to making sure they are on the right path, sending the correct message and selling themselves appropriately.
Recently I found an article on BusinessInsider.com "31 things you should remove from your resume immediately" - the article is packed with great tips and a few are listed here.
- Too much text. Your resume should have some, what I like to call, 'air and light' in it. If it looks like a law school textbook, the reader will be turned off before they ever start reading.
- References. If the perspective employer wants to communicate with your references, they'll ask you. Save that space for more important information.
- Inconsistent formatting. Its so easy to keep your resume looking sharp and polished just by proper formatting. If you indent where you list your a job, make sure its consistent throughout.
- Company specific jargon. This is particularly important for military or government employees transferring into the civilian sector. Just because you know what a TAD, TDY, RELAD or REFTRA is, the person reading your resume will not be impressed, rather they'll likely be frustrated and put off.
You can see all 31 of these great points at:
Scott Howard is a professional executive coach and leadership coach focusing on human empowerment and maximizing potential.