Job seekers used to believe that every piece of their professional lives had to be included on their resume regardless of its current relevance to their career. But, today, that simply isn’t the case. While ensuring all pertinent details make it into the final document, there are others that no relevance when you are focusing on light industrial positions.
In the end, your resume is a piece of marketing material, and you want to make sure it reflects the best image possible. With that in mind, here are some points to leave off of your light industrial resume.
High School Education
Including the name of your high school and the year you graduated is simply unnecessary on a resume. It takes up valuable space and provides no real value when a hiring manager is reviewing your information. And, in some cases, the information can actually work against you. If you provide the year of your graduation on your resume, it isn’t difficult to estimate your age. Even though some age groups are protected from discrimination, not everyone is, so it is often best to leave that piece of information a mystery.
Unrelated Work Experience (That Isn’t Recent)
If you have been working in light industrial positions for the past decade, then anything prior to that is generally irrelevant when it comes to landing a new light industrial job. Feel free to leave old jobs off that don’t provide valuable information to a hiring manager at your target companies.
However, if the work experience is very recent, you may need to include the basics to avoid the appearance of large gaps in your employment history. When that is the case, trim the details regarding your experience to points that hold relevance to the position you are seeking.
All-Encompassing Job Descriptions
When you describe your prior experience, it is tempting to simply rehash the details contained in your last job description. But this level of nitty-gritty detail is often overkill or cumbersome. Instead, focus on key accomplishments and critical skills listed in the job posting of the position to which you are applying. That way, you have the major keywords covered (in case your resume is being put through an automated screening process), but you don’t have a deluge of information.
Also, you don’t have to list a particular job duty or skill under every job title in which you performed the work. For example, if you used a pallet jack in your last three jobs, don’t repeat it in every position overview.
Objectives and Interests
Objective and interest sections were used to allow applicants to make personal statements about their goals and the personal side of their life. But these sections rarely provided any insights when it came to evaluating candidates. Most objective statements focused on finding new employment, which is inherently understood since you are applying for a position, and interests often included personal hobbies, which often didn’t relate to their professional lives. Either way, the information is unnecessary, so it is best to leave these sections off.
If you are looking for more resume tips or would like help finding a new light industrial position, The Advance Group is here to help. Contact us today and see what job opportunities are available to you.