If you have just completed a technical school program and you are looking for a job, you are probably wondering what your resume should look like. Your resume can get you into the interview room, or it could simply be a waste of your time and paper. What are some things you should not put in your resume?
Stick To The Important Stuff
What you want to show your prospective employer is that you have the skills and experience to do your current job. This means you don’t need to show them that you worked as a cashier in high school - just stick to relevant internships, college courses and how those gave you the skills that qualify you for the job you are seeking. You can also forget about listing hobbies, what you do for fun and other fun facts about yourself. They are just filler and your personality and outside interests will most likely be covered in the interview in some manner.
Your Objective Is To Get Hired
You don’t need to have an objective statement on your resume. The employer knows that you are looking to get a job with that company, or else you would not have bothered to apply. If you really want to put some sort of objective into your resume, put it in your cover letter. A better way is to show what your objective is by listing your relevant experience in a formal manner. This will show what you have done and what direction you may be leaning toward.
Keep It Short And Sweet
Your experience dating back to 1982 is probably not worth listing. Therefore, your resume should be kept to a page or less. The less a company has to sort through, the easier it is to make a decision about whether or not to interview you. With competition for jobs being fierce, it is a good idea to give yourself any advantage possible. Some ways to keep your resume short include not listing any current business contacts or a phone number. The best way for an employer to get in touch with you is with a professional sounding email address.
The goal of a job search is to get hired, and your resume is the first step to getting that initial interview. Keep your resume concise and professional and wait for the phone to ring!