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Resume Essentials and the Items You Can Delete

Has it been a few years since you updated your resume? If so, it’s time to make some tweaks — ASAP. Chances are, you have plenty of extraneous information you can lop off your CV to make it more polished and streamlined. Use the following list to know what you should keep and what you should throw out.

Resume Items You Need to Have

There are a few elements that need to be in any resume, otherwise it won’t be of any use to potential employers. These include:

  • Your name, address, email, and telephone number. You want to give the employer as many chances as possible to contact you.
  • Your education, including the degrees you’ve earned, the name of the institution, your major/minor, and the date you graduated. Skip your high school unless it’s the only degree you have.
  • Your experience, including all relevant jobs in reverse chronological order with a small description of the duties performed.

Resume Items You Can Leave If You Have Room

Unless you’re an extremely experienced individual with numerous educational qualifications, your resume should really only be one page. If you’ve got a bit of room to mess around with, here are a few elements you can leave in. But, they should be the first thing on the cutting board when you hit that second page.

  • Your objective, as this should be obvious depending on the job you’re applying for.
  • A personalized summary of your skills as they relate to the job you’re seeking.
  • Your skills, including any software, languages, or other technical systems you are proficient with.
  • Your volunteer work, which might not always be relevant to the job and could be replaced with more valuable information.

Resume Items That Need to Go

Even if you have extra space, some things just don’t belong on your resume. If you have any of these things included, eliminate them now:

  • The date you wrote your resume, as most employers will assume you updated it before applying to a job.
  • Personal information, such as your birthday, weight, height, and family status. These things are not related to your qualifications for a job.
  • Jobs that are irrelevant to the position you want, such as the summer you spent working part-time at McDonald’s.
  • Photographs, as it doesn’t matter what you look like and this could violate Equal Employment Opportunity legislation.

Having a killer resume is one of the best ways to stand out in a crowd of applicants. Make sure your resume follows these guidelines, and you’ll be well on your way to success.

Works Cited

Doyle, Alison. “Guidelines for What to Include in a Resume.” The Balance Careers. 10 Dec. 2018:

Doyle, Alison. “What Not to Include When You’re Writing a Resume.” The Balance Careers. 11 Dec. 2018:

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