Time is changing everywhere and writing your CV is no different. What used to the norm, is now frowned upon.
Social media has taken over the world, and many people question whether they should include social media details on their resume.
The answer is not that simple. If you were going to add the interviewer as a friend of Facebook, then maybe so, yet when you are looking to land a job, you might have to show some restraint.
The Australian job market is somewhat competitive, and you do want the best chance to stand out from the crowd. Here are a few things you should now leave out of your resume, along with how social media details are taken into account.
This is evident, as you have taken the initiative and applied for the position. The only time it is needed is if you are looking to change industries. A summary can also be useful if adding this.
Unrelated Work Experiences
Past jobs that hold no relevance or do not highlight a skill or ability should not necessarily be omitted but should be condensed down. Only include in detail, if they identify skills that can translate to the position you are applying for. All jobs (both past and present, relevant or not relevant) should go on your resume. If not, there will appear to be holes in your resume in relation to dates/years – this is something that a potential employer will question, “why?”.
As times have changed there are many things employers are not able to (or shouldn’t) ask you. Marital or family status, religion, how old you are etc. And these are things that no longer need to be added to a resume and can be readily omitted.
One social media platform that is not frowned upon by any employer is your LinkedIn resume, and if you have not got one, it might be time to add it to your armory of job hunting weapons.
What is crucial though and it is an aspect some people miss is, your CV and LinkedIn profile should match. It can also be the time to mention something like a Twitter handle if it relates to the position you are applying for (i.e. digital marketer).
With regards to Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and any others which are not professional, these should not be included…..no matter how much you want to click like for your potential employer’s new photo.
If they are not relevant use this space on your CV for something that is. Sometimes, it may be good just to list a couple of hobbies or interests, but don’t go overboard and list about ten things that don’t really need to go on there (eg. going to the gym, watching movies etc) – too general, and really not required!
It goes without saying. Don’t do it. Managers prefer an honest person – so if you only meet three-quarters of the criteria, then say that. Don’t over-exaggerate, and never say you can do something, that you can’t!
Lots of Text
CV’s and Resumes should be 3-4 pages maximum. Maybe dependent on your experience, and if you have been in the employment game for a long time, then we could stretch this out to 5 pages, but generally stick to 3 or 4. It used to be recommended to have a 0.5-inch margin, but these days, it is more advisable to have a 0.8-inch margin, to avoid cramping your text and keeping lots of white space.
If old references are essential, your prospective employer will ask. Furthermore, if you have that famous line “references upon request” it is time to delete it and use the space more wisely. Previous employers (and even the select few at your current employment) should know your intentions that you are looking for a new job, so list them – there should be nothing to hide.
Blogs or Online Side Businesses
This can be included with a word of caution. The information you have on your business could help you, or it could harm your chances. The other aspect is some firms have strict policies on employees having a side business. If there is a chance to find this out beforehand, it might be worth the effort.
If the content you provide on your side project or blog can be seen as an asset in strengthening your job application you can then happily include it.
Current Work Contact Information
This is a big no-no, the last thing you want is a prospective employer calling you at work or emailing you. These might be monitored by your present employer so it could take quite a lot of explaining to do before they show you the door on the way out, or give you a good talking to. Keep personal email address and mobile numbers on your resume.
Additional CV Information
There are many other things not to show on your CV or add to your covering letter. Many can be simple, yet at the time they seem a good idea. The tips above regarding social media and the other items are nowhere near all of the job resume help iceberg. The following are examples of what not to add or do to your new CV, resume or covering letter.
Your resume has to be easy for the manager to scan over. Make it stand out, and while you are at it get rid of any unnecessary pictures or charts you might have included. Photos are also something that does not need to be included. Bottom line is, a potential employer does NOT need to know what you look like (until interview stage of course).
“I,” “she,” “me” or “my” are a definite no.
Always use past tense for an old job. Present tense should only be used for your current position – eg. Developed vs Developing.
As previously stated, it is required that you should use your personal email address on your resume. Just keep in mind what your personal email is. An employer will certainly get a laugh out of an email like firstname.lastname@example.org – it is not professional, and an employer will not take you seriously. If required, take the time to choose a new one.
These are clearly obvious – sometimes headings like “email address,” and “phone” are not needed before your number or email address. An employer can see what they are.