This post was contributed by Molly Dodd, our Campus Ambassador from Southeastern University in Florida.
A resume is a tricky thing. It can make or break your entire “first impression” from a prospective employer, and hopefully land you your dream internship/job. View your resume as a highlight of your most relevant experience and accomplishments, not an extensive report of your history. When constructing your picture-perfect resume, you definitely want to get several opinions and eyes to look it over. Most of them would advise you to leave these five things off of your resume.
1) Photo. Yes you may have a professional head shot, but that doesn’t mean that you should include it. Unless employers ask for a photo, or you are applying for a modeling or acting position, then of course provide one.
2) References. Most employers expect you to have several references ready on the event that they need or require them. You also do not need to include the statement “references available upon request” either, because again, it is implied that you have them.
3) Jobs or positions that do not pertain to the position desired/high school experience. You might have been class president, prom queen, and head of the community service club, but unless you are just a year out of high school, don’t include any of that experience. You probably also have an extensive job history of working with children, or at your parents’ business, but if it does not relate to the position you’re vying for, then do not include it.
4) Objective/Summary. Your resume is no place to inform an employer of what you want out of this experience. Your resume is about showcasing your skills, related experience, and accomplishments, and there are ways to do that other than in paragraph form. Use short bullet point phrases that get your point across.
5) Extra pages and Fancy stuff. Your resume should only be one page in length, especially if you are in your 20s. Employers will most likely not be spending a large amount of time reviewing your resume, so you want it to be brief and to the point. You will also want to use a professional, simple layout for your resume, with no fancy text, or colors.