Did you know that the average time someone spends looking at a resume is only 6 seconds? As a recruiter, I don’t love this statistic, but I certainly understand it! We are master multi-taskers and most days it seems like there are just not enough hours to get everything done.
But what does this mean for candidates? It means you have an extremely short amount of time to not only present yourself, but also impress the reader in a memorable way. First and foremost, you always need to tailor your resume to the specific company and position you are applying for. (Yes, every time!) Next, you need to focus on saving space. Non-relevant information will the “silent killer” of your resume, trust me. Here are some of the things you need to leave out to keep your resume concise and relevant:
Although family is certainly important, your resume is not the right forum to include all the details of your home life.
A headshot or other pictures will only take up header space in your resume, and it won’t make much of an impact either way. (After all, this is why we have LinkedIn!)
3. Obvious Skills
Don’t include basics such as team player, always on time, or that you can use email and search the internet. Microsoft Office skills also fall into the “do not include” club. (Pretty much everyone is proficient in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint by now!) These skills are now expected on the job market and won’t impress the hiring manager.
Yes, hobbies tell a story about you, but they should come later in the job search process. Think about it: the hiring manager is not going to want to interview you just because you like to play pickleball on the weekends.
For some reason, someone started the trend of including “references available upon request” at the bottom of resumes. DO NOT DO THIS. Like basic skills, this is implied. Definitely have references ready, but there’s no need to take up precious space on your resume to let everyone know that you’re ready.
If you make these simple corrections to your resume, it may end up being the difference in landing you the job of your dreams (in 6 seconds or less!)