Your resume is the key to getting called in for an interview, and that means you’ve got to really shine on paper. Highlighted should be relevant skills, traits, education and experience from accomplishments that you can bring to the table to further a company’s goals while furthering your own in the process. However, some great and essential information that often shows up on resumes will only have you appear to be lack luster, and that will give other applicants one-up on you.

Some info you’ll want to delete:

I’m detail-oriented.
If you pay attention to the details, that’s great! Someone has to. But, you may want to actually leave this detail off your resume and replace it with a trait that’s unique to you and only you. Let’s face it. A high percentage of job applicants right now are claiming to be good with the details. Give your interviewer something fresh to read. Show how your attention to detail played a role in the fashion closet running more efficiently at the magazine you interned at.

I have excellent communication skills.
Who doesn’t? Many people trying to get a job right now have excellent communication skills and other over used traits. Instead of telling the interviewer how good your communication skills are, show them by using what’s on your resume to display you in the best light. This will give you the chance to also show how well you communicate in real time.

References available upon request.
Um, yeah. They know. There’s usually not a lot of room on a resume, and this is a space waster. Some even use “References Available Upon Request” as a filler. Don’t be that person. You’ll stay an unemployed person if you do. Those interviewing you will know to request references from you, so use this space for even more fab information about you. Preparing your resume can be nerve wrecking, so if you have to jot down on a separate sheet of paper relevant information on all the reasons why you’re dope to get yourself thinking, do so.  Make this a habit, because updating your resume should be an ongoing process.

Hobbies: I love reading Harlem Renaissance literature, roller skating and race car driving.
While I’m sure you look great in that leather outfit with matching driving gloves, shaking your big, beautiful natural out from under your driving helmet, hobbies should have no place on your resume. Hobbies do help to make you a well-rounded person; something employers value, but if you have a hobby that relates somehow to the opening, save that information as fodder for the interview. Let the interviewer know how your hobby or hobbies have helped you develop your skills for the position to which you are applying. Otherwise, leave what you do in your spare time off your resume.

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