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Should You Cut These Things From Your Resume?

resume tipsI’ve blogged about how we put too much emphasis on resumes.

I’ve written about how resumes should focus on how you want to position yourself.

I’ve even dug into the dangers of letting a friend pass your resume around.

Long story short, while we may worry too much about a “document” that doesn’t make or break your chances of getting a job, resumes are a part of the process – a part that you should still make as good as you can.

So when Fast Company recently listed “Six things to cut from your resume (and two you should add)”, I took notice.

Here is what they suggest cutting, with a few of my thoughts (in italics):

  1. That foreign language you got a C in in college (But of course!)
  2. Basic software relative to your role (i.e. Microsoft Office for everyone; Photoshop for designers) (you may think these things set you apart, but if you write something that should come standard, you may look outdated)
  3. Tech skills that aren’t in demand, like outdated coding languages (again, you don’t want to look irrelevant!)
  4. Soft skills that should be givens, like multitasking (soft skills matter, but you have to be specific)
  5. Meaningless buzzwords like “team player” (these are the kinds of words that make an HR talent person or hiring decision maker go “blah…blah…blah”)
  6. Joke skills for “personality,” like “guacamole aficionado” (see this blog post)

Now, to the flip side – what the Fast Company article suggests ADDING to your resume:

  1. Soft skills that aren’t basic and obvious, like “conflict mediation” and “collaboration design”–rather than, say “listening” (here’s more info on finding resume-worthy soft skills) (like I said earlier, specific is good!)
  2. In some cases, a super-short “objective” statement (here’s how and when to write one that doesn’t sound pretentious or passé) (I coach clients on developing statements like this often and have seen positive real world results)

So, in summary, the resume may not matter THAT much, but it does still matter.

Just don’t overthink it… or under-think it!