Spring Cleaning for Your Resume

For many, spring is a time of career renewal. Maybe it's the weather; maybe it's the fact that many people have just received their payout for last year's bonus and they are now ready to make a move. Whatever the reason, many people decide to spring clean their resume this time of year and embark on a job search. Here are five tips for cleaning up your resume.

1. Throw out those cliched personal attributes.

Attention all you motivated, team-oriented change agents and dynamic, detail-oriented strong communicators. Pick up these overused expressions and get rid of them. Prove the value you can bring to an organization by describing strong quantifiable accomplishments. Let the garbage man take away the other meaningless fluff.

2. Weed out those endless job tasks.

A hiring manager doesn't want a job description. He wants an explanation of the unique value you brought to the execution of your job tasks and proof of how you do things smarter, faster, and more efficiently. A few sentences about your job tasks is fine ... 10 bullet points is not.

3. Scrub statements about references.

Take the statement "references available upon request" off your resume. It's dated, it wastes space, it's unnecessary, and it isn't even true. References are available in plenty of places without asking directly for them (think Google and LinkedIn). Save the space in your resume for more compelling content.

4. Clean out your resume closet.

If you've been adding information about your most recent job on top of old resume content, chances are the resume has lost its focus and become much too long. Take a good hard look at your resume and decide what content it's time to let go of. It's doubtful that your next employer will need a lengthy explanation of the marketing coordinator role you held in 1982, if you are now a CMO.

5. Freshen up the look.

Consider redesigning the document to improve the formatting, make it easier to find key information, and give the resume a more modern look. Check out my Happy About My Resume site for some updated resume styles.

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Reem B.

Spring is in the air! :-) Here are 7 tips from the Bayt.com team to spring clean your professional life and welcome the season of rebirth goo.gl/zRwMQ

March 14 2013 at 12:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Dear Ms. Safani,

Please pull your head out of your butt...

October 05 2011 at 1:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't care how you feel about Donald Trump, he will have my vote any time. As is obvious by now that all politicians are either too stupid or too corrupt to do anything good for this country. I believe the Don is a true patriot, smart enough and with a set of balls to tell the rest of the world losers to go and f**k themselves. The era of American deep pockets is over if he gets in to the WH. At this point I am willing to try anything and he is the great white hope on the horizon. The alternative will be that we all are on our way to becomes Chinese slaves.

April 03 2011 at 10:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Was this article written by a 5th grader? It sure looks like it.

April 02 2011 at 7:28 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Vague article.

April 02 2011 at 6:33 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

An article about resumes that sends you to a site to BUY a book?

April 02 2011 at 5:28 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

How about telling them you want what they wanted when they applied to the company...a paycheck. But you know that would probably make them cry. Tell them there's only one reason we work.....for the money! Tell them that if thier boss/company came to them tomorrow and said: "we've got good news and bad news for you, the good news is you still have a job, the bad news is we can't continue to pay you, your ASS would be out the door so fast there'd be a vacuum in the building and all that company esprit de corp and rah rah loyalty would be history". Look, I'll work hard for our mutual benefit.

April 02 2011 at 3:56 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Ok so... you get a MBA, you get a PhD, you get a nice suit for an interview, say all the right things and then you are not hired because of a frigging sentence on your resume and you are not hired?
At least not for college graduates. If you want to stuff airbags I guess you can use your degree for those 8.00 an hour jobs. You are living in a dream world and about 20 years ago when jobs where plentiful. No we are in bad times and it will get worse. Everything is outsourced and offshored.
Jobs are slowly being flushed down the toilet!

April 02 2011 at 2:13 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to gal2sail's comment

Uhhh... no? I found a job six months before I graduated with my MBA and I love it. And my department is hiring two more college graduates next month. There are amazing jobs out there, especially for college graduates. You just need to know how to look for them, how to go for them, and have the right attitude. People can tell when you're applying for the job just to have a job. Be truly excited about the work and you are 80% of the way there.
And candidates are rejected because of a "frigging sentence on [their] resume" all of the time.

April 03 2011 at 6:59 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Garry's Spot

Tell me about it! I think I would do better if I were an illegal! Seems at least the government pays attention to their plight. What the Hell happened to this contry?

April 03 2011 at 11:59 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

JOB = Just over broke. CAREER= Job that has lasted too long.
Wake up people, its time to stop begging millionaires for a job, or "small business owners" with 2-3 10,000 sq ft homes for what has become a race to the bottom pay scale job in this country. If your not a "have" you probably never will be one. Rather than just applying for jobs, how about supporting union workers and boycott the purchase of all the crap shipped in here from China, Bangladesh, Viet Nam or any other slave nation. Really, isn't it about time the billionaires pay?

April 02 2011 at 2:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Anthony's comment

Because every billionaire was born as a 'have'? Maybe if people stopped being angry and bitter towards people more successful than them and put that energy towards making themselves more successful, they wouldn't post whiny comments online.

April 03 2011 at 7:04 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

another article about resumes....

April 02 2011 at 1:56 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to pipster's comment

Sadly, based on resumes I've been seeing, there actually are not enough articles about resumes.

April 03 2011 at 7:01 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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