When was the last time you looked at the information on your resume? How much of it is outdated? How much of it needs to be there? If you haven’t touched the document in a while, it’s probably time for a bit of de-cluttering.
Here are three tips to help you get rid of the skeletons on your resume:
Tip #1: Remove irrelevant experience.
It would help if you always customize your resume to the job you’re applying for. That’s why it’s so crucial to remove irrelevant experience that might be cluttering up your resume. And if you look back at your work history or experience and find that an entry is outdated, get rid of it. It’s taking up space that could be better utilized.
Whether it’s past jobs, skills, or education, removing things that are irrelevant to the position you’re applying for is always a great way to clean up your resume. You’ll probably find at least a few things that aren’t necessary, especially if you haven’t checked in on your resume for a while.
Tip #2: Update mentions of old technology.
Whatever kind of technology you use in your work—word processors, accounting software, firewalls and antivirus software, etc.—make sure the mentions of that technology are up to date. If your resume shows technologies or tools that are outdated, you’ll also appear out-of-date. You want to stay current to remain attractive to prospective employers.
Think about the latest and greatest technology and tools that you use right now. Then, incorporate those into your resume strategically. Include them in a way that demonstrates your usefulness to teams and organizations in the present day.
Tip #3: Organize or remove short-term positions.
Did you go through a period of bouncing around to a few different jobs, trying to find the right fit? Did you freelance or contract for a few months in between jobs? Ask yourself if those entries need to be on your resume or if they’re cluttering things up. If you gained relevant experience during those short gigs that are important for the job you’re applying for, then keep them. Otherwise, it might be wiser to trim the fat and eliminate redundant or unnecessary short-term entries.
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