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To Include or Not to Include...

I often get asked about what should and should not be included on a resume.  A photo?  Your address?  Dates you went to school?  I suppose if this is a dating resume, all of those things would be encouraged!  But my clients are not often coming to me for dating advice!  

What to include on your resume:

  • An objective or a profile.  Give the recruiter and hiring manager a brief introduction about your accomplishments and what makes you stand out from the other candidates.  Don't be afraid to throw in some numbers.  
  • A link to your social media (preferably LinkedIn).  Make sure your LinkedIn profile matches your resume and your photo is up to date and somewhat professional.  Susan in HR really doesn't want to see what you look like in your vacation swimsuit.
  • Keywords.  Research current industry trends and job requirements and ensure your resume includes those keywords.  Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) scan resumes for keywords.  If your resume doesn't have them, you probably won't be getting a call. (This kind of is like dating huh!?)

What to leave off of your resume:

  • Photos.  Unless you are applying for a modeling job, do not include your photo on or with your resume.  Chances are, your recruiter will google you any way and often times, can evoke discrimination, bias, and favoritism.  Because of this, some companies flat-out reject resumes with photos, just to avoid potential accusations.
  • Your full address.  Real estate on your resume is prime and that extra line can be used for describing an amazing skill or accomplishment that you bring to the table. 
  • Dates you attended school.  Why?  Because age discrimination exists.  The important thing is that you earned your degree, not when.  
  • Lies.  Do not lie about your experience.  It will be clear in the phone screening or the in person interview.  Do you have transferable experience  that does not translate well on a resume for your desired job?  Use keywords to describe your skills and use the interview to expand on those ideas.  A smart recruiter looks beyond a job title.