Guest Author - Dianne Walker
The job market has changed. Many employers now use automated applications for submission rather than resumes. If you are submitting a hard copy resume, however, be sure to update it – minus these outdated resume techniques.
Hiring Managers do not really care what paper your resume is printed on as long as it is readable and neat. They do not measure the paper weight, nor make a decision based on paper color. If you are going to submit a hardcopy resume, plain white paper is usually best. It’s not the color of the resume that counts; it is the value of the information contained within. The prettiest colored paper will not get an interview if your skills do not match the job's.
All hiring managers will request references so you should no longer include the line, “references available upon request.” References do not need to be a secret. Don't worry, companies will not hire without checking references. Along those same lines, most companies require references be submitted along with the application. For consistency purposes, submit reference names on a separate sheet of paper from your resume. Most hiring managers will not even check the references, however, unless you are one of their top candidates. Omitting this line on your resume will save space for more important information.
Keep your personal information off the resume. Recruiters are often surprised how much information applicants will put on their resume. It is not unusual for applicants to list number of kids and unrelated hobbies. This information is not necessary. Hiring managers want to know you can perform the job, not the factors which may interfere with your performance.
Do not place social security numbers on your resume. This is a dangerous practice which can lead to identity theft and a wide range of related problems. Despite the best of intentions, resumes are not considered high security documents. You are relying on the manager practicing security measures to keep your social security number safe, you may be in for a surprise. Resumes are often left in a pile on desks at the end of the day. Protect yourself from identify theft. There are certain professions which may require your social security number up front such as public safety positions, but if the information is not requested, do not include it.
To be successful in today’s job search market, an updated resume is imperative. The resume should only contain information which is essential to the position you are applying to. Review your resume for space waters and unnecessary information. Tightening up your resume can increase success in your job search.