Outdated Resume Tactics
Job seekers – 1990 called and wants its resume back!
If you include any of the following items in your resume it is going to look like it belongs in a different century:
This old-fashioned introduction likely won’t help your cause. As the CEO of the top recruiting firm Korn Ferry puts it: “The chances of you being on the mark are one in a hundred. Your objective will either be too low or too high. I don’t care what your objective is; I care what you’re going to do for me.”
Enough of the copying and pasting of job descriptions people. These tell and don’t sell. Share proof of your claims and focus on results instead.
“References Available Upon Request”:
Assumed. Space waster. That is all.
Full Mailing Address:
Mailing addresses on a resume are less and less common and rarely required. However, a location (city, state/province, zip/postal code) is still recommended for screening purposes.
Times New Roman Font: Refresh the resume’s look by modernizing font selection. Some favs: Calibri, Cambria, and Candara.
What else makes a resume stick out like a sore thumb – in all the wrong ways?!
Read some of these other resume reminders from HR pros, recruiters, and career experts from a recent LinkedIn post:
“If your resume reeks of the 1990s, you will come off as stodgy and old fashioned. That’s a real issue especially if you are 50+ and potentially facing age discrimination anyway. Even if the content is great, appearance counts.”
“Your resume should not look like a MS Word 97 template. You want your resume to stand out, so be sure to update your formatting to something (anything) more modern.”
“Take off your mailing address and add a customized LinkedIn URL instead!”
“Trying to squeeze 10+ years of work experience onto just 1 page.”
“Ensure experience is limited to more current roles. No point mentioning experiences that happened 20 years ago.”
“I’ll add one: 2 telephone numbers! In 1990 you needed to put home and work numbers– not anymore :)”