9 Things to Scrub From Your Résumé

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One of the most important things to have when you’re job hunting is a killer résumé. After all, if your CV doesn’t pass muster, you won’t even get a chance to meet face-to-face and let potential employers know why you’re the right person for the job. Here are some details you should remove from your résumé:

  • Middle and high school information. If you’ve gone through college, you usually don’t need to add your high school information, particularly if you’re way past the graduation date. Middle school references are also best taken out.
  • Average or poor GPA. If the company doesn’t ask for it, there’s no reason to insert in your GPA, especially if your college days are far behind. Including a low GPA won’t help your case.
  • Passive language. Use action verbs and don’t make weak references to your achievements. For example, saying things like “familiar with [insert skill]” or “learned how to [insert skill]” is unnecessary. You should cut to the chase and immediately address the skill so you seem like you have the experience, instead of looking like a trainee.
  • Photos. Unless requested or depending on the industry, leave your photo out. You are not being judged on how you look, so including a photo will make you look unprofessional.

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  • Kari

    I was once told that I should include “knowledge of spanish language” on my resume. I took four years of it in school and can speak it and translate it but not really fluent. Do you think this is a good idea or would it just be better to leave it off?

    • HRCinDC

      You should list it under your “Skills” section and indicate the level of knowledge you have – conversational or proficient in speaking, reading and writing. Knowing a second language is always a valuable skill, even if it doesn’t seem directly relevant to your job.

    • making_it_work

      You should list it if you’d be confident using it at work, say, with a non-English speaking client. Otherwise, I’d say it’s padding your resume.

  • HRCinDC

    I would also add that you should take out any interests, ESPECIALLY anything like “traveling, writing, reading, hanging out with friends”. That doesn’t tell me anything about you. Same with any objective that isn’t specific; if you list that your objective is to get the job you are applying for, not only did you waste 2 lines on your resume, it is unnecessary and redundant.

    I see these things on resumes all the time and it means they automatically go to the “no” pile.

    • Shdy

      Can you give us an example of a great objective? Thank you!