Hugh: Professional Recruiter Names Five Things You Should Stop Including on Your Résumé
Written by Hugh Campbell on September 9, 2022
Whether you’re in the job hunt or not, it’s always helpful to have an up-to-date résumé. However, as times change, apparently you should be thinking a little differently about the things you include in yours. A Chicago-based recruiter for Google recently made a TikTok video suggesting five things that no longer make sense in 2022. First, she mentions your address. Companies really only need to know the city or town you’re located in, and giving your full home address is offering up more information than necessary. Second, the objective statement is an outdated feature that really doesn’t have a place anymore. Next, the recruiter directs her attention to how people list their work history. Not all of the experience you’ve accumulated since you started working is relevant. Instead of weighing down your résumé with irrelevant details, tailor it to the job you’re applying for. The fourth recommendation is to get rid of weak action verbs like “helped.” Stronger and more active language will go a long way. Try words like “implemented,” “improved,” “managed,” and “strategized” instead of more passive language. Finally, it’s more than fine to say your references are available upon request. According to this recruiter, the employer usually doesn’t need your references, and if they do, they’ll ask.