Eliminating the Clutter in Your Resume

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1. Start with a complete history.

In order to accurately portray who you are prior to applying for a job, you should start with your master resume. If you don?t already have a master resume with your entire job history, educational history, and skills, you will want to create one to ensure you are working with the most precise information.


2.Review your job history and skills.

Ask yourself, is this important to this job, company, or the direction I am taking? If not, remove it. For those of you with only a few years of experience, it is okay to keep unrelated jobs on your resume. Try to include your achievements and skills from those positions that align with your goals. This is also a good time to remove any cliché skills.


3.Look at your extra stuff.

Did you include any of your accolades on your resume? If so, ask yourself what is the purpose of including them? Do they directly relate to your candidacy or job? If not, consider removing them. Being employee of the month in 1998 isn?t relevant in 2019, and can make the manager think ?why haven?t they received it again?? You?re also no longer required to put references directly on your resume. It is a good idea to store that information, but you don?t have to include it on your next resume.



The final step in all resume edits should be to proofread your resume multiple times. If you do not feel comfortable proofreading your own resume, ask a friend or family member to help. Not proofreading can lead to mistakes in your contact information, your dates of employment, or education thus leading to being passed over.


By: Phylica Vallier