Eliminate the Fluff in Your Resume

If you don’t need it, get rid of it!

If it’s not important, don’t add it to your resume. If you were a cook 10 years ago but now you’re looking for a job in retail management, don’t clutter up your resume with irrelevancy.

There’s a fine line between what is relevant and what is not, so use your better judgment in this regard. Try to put yourself in the shoes of the hiring manager and ask yourself what they would see as important. How does your background correspond with their needs as an employer?

Anything else is fluff. Don’t add your hobbies to your resume. Don’t add your references (if they want them, they’ll ask at the appropriate time). Don’t include your high school education either because no one cares about a diploma. I mean, really?

Finally, don’t be redundant and repeat yourself throughout the context of your resume. It’s OK to reinforce themes, but don’t push it. If your title has been Branch Manager at each of your past three companies, find a way to differentiate each of these positions and highlight your most notable accomplishments. Don’t just copy and past the line “Managed and mentored a team of branch employees” three times.

So eliminate the fluff and you’ll be on your way to a much more effective resume!

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