Trim the Fat

Most people know that the fundamental coin of entry to a new job is a resume. Without a resume, you won’t get your foot in the door. However, if you really want that job, you’re going to need a resume that stands out, at the very least. Elizabeth Lowman offers some advice not on what to put in your resume, but what to take out.

On Career Objective:

“The top of your resume is prime real estate, and it needs to grab a hiring manager’s attention with a list of your top accomplishments, not a summary of what you hope to get out of your next position.”

References Available Upon Request:

“If a company wants to hire you, they will ask you for references—and they will assume that you have them. There’s no need to address the obvious (and doing so might even make you look a little presumptuous!).”

Ms. Lowman lays out other ways to make your resume more effective. If you’re not convinced, here’s the first comment on that post:

“Elizabeth, I’m a recruiter for a large company and I read resumes all day… and THANK YOU for putting this advice out there… most of the things you listed drive me crazy.”

Now, if you want to get really fancy, perhaps you can take some inspiration from Graeme Anthony.

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