New year, new resume, right? For me, the hardest part when crafting a resume is deciding what to include and what not include. If you're following the industry standard and keeping your resume to one page, that can make the selection process tough. However, after crafting countless resumes for myself and clients, I have found three space wasters which you can and should remove from your resume now!
1. An objective
Yes, we all get. You want, no NEED this job. If you don’t have a lot of experience, instead of wasting white space with a two sentence plea, make a statement. Your statement should be a short and to the point one liner that says who you are what you are trying to do. You might compare this to the thesis statement.
2. Your GPA
I stopped including my GPA on my resume after my Freshman year of college. I'm happy to report that, after six part-time jobs, eight internships, and two full-time, post-grad jobs, no one has noticed or has seemed to care. Personally, I believe that one's GPA is completely irrelevant when it comes to determining one's intelligence, potential or career success. Now, I'm not saying you shouldn't do well in your classes but we aren't all 'good' at school.
Instead, focus on your accomplishments, extracurriculars and professional experience. However, if a potential employer does ask, make sure to follow their instructions but also feel free to include a statement as to why your GPA may not be where you want it to be. Context is everything.
Again, unless you are explicitly asked to include references, don't. If they want references, they’ll ask. Space on a resume is valuable, don't waste it here. However, if you haven't already, reach out to two to three previous employers, professors and/or other professional contacts inquiring as to whether or not, should you be required to give references, you may include them in your list of references.
These are just some of the many ways you can save space on your resume. Have other suggestions? Share them below!
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