9 Ways to De-Clutter Your Resume


Professional Resume and resume writingMany people cringe at the idea of having to write or rewrite their professional resumes. But failing to update or de-clutter your resume can considerably decrease your chances of success.

Cluttered or chaotic resumes can create confusion for the reader and they can also bog your resume down with fruitless details that overshadow your true worth and value.

If you are in the process of resume writing, Resumes Australia has devised these 9 steps to help you de-clutter your document and enhance your professionalism:

1. Get Rid of Personal Details

The only personal details you need to include on your resume are your contact details. Other information like your birthday, age, marital status or salary is irrelevant and should be deleted.

2. No photos

 Including your photo with your resume is an outdated and inefficient practice. Unless you are applying to be a model or an actor, your suitability for the role should be purely based on your skills and experience, not on what you look like.

3. Space Out Your Document

Make sure that your document uses consistent line spacing and that your headings are clearly defined and labelled. You should also use bullet points when writing about your achievements and responsibilities. Don’t worry about how long your resume is, as this is not important. What matters is that your information is clear and concise.

4. Ensure Readability

Use a standard font throughout your document and ensure it is easy to read. You should also avoid using any design elements like graphics, borders and colours (stick to black and white). This is the mark of an amateur and does not belong on a professional resume.

5. Delete Your Career Objective

Career objectives are a thing of the past and are considered irrelevant to modern employers and recruiters. An objective is not necessary, as employers will assume that applying for the role is part of your career objective anyway.

6. Focus On Relevant Experience

Remember, recruiters, employers and HR managers are all very busy people. They don’t want to have to sift through your resume in order to figure out whether you’ve got the skills they’re looking for. To determine what’s relevant, simply take a look at the job description and consider how your talents or achievements correspond to what they’re looking for. Anything else should be given lesser priority or deleted in order to de-clutter your resume.

7. Forget Hobbies & Interests

Only include hobbies that are directly relevant to the job you are applying for. For example, if you are going for a sales role, hobbies like attending product launches or getting to know sales software will be useful; other hobbies like watching movies, spending time with family or playing sport have nothing to do with your suitability for the job.

8. Include the Right Skills

Listing any and every skill you’ve ever acquired is a sure way to add to your resume clutter. Instead, only include skills or qualifications that are overtly relevant to the requirements listed in the job advertisement.

9. Use the Right Language

Your resume writing language should be clear, succinct and easy to understand. Ensure that you use plain, business English in your descriptions and avoid flowery or extravagant language that fails to reveal anything about your talents, as this is essentially clutter. A good way to de-clutter is to focus on providing concrete examples and evidence in your resume to back up your claims.

Our Resume Writers at Resumes Australia know exactly how to de-clutter a resume and make it as professional as possible. For further information on our resume services, click here.

Regards

kylie hammond

About Kylie Hammond
Executive Search Consultant, Head-Hunter, HR Consultant, Executive Career Coach, Expert Resume Writer & Executive Talent Agent.

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