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Is Your Resume Too Long? 3 Things You Can Live Without

October 6th, 2017

If you are in the midst of writing or updating your resume, you may find yourself wondering, “what is an appropriate length for my resume?” Although the once golden rule of keeping your resume to one page is no longer the standard, it is still of utmost importance to maintain a resume that is both concise and easy to skim. If your resume feels clunky with your highest achievements getting lost in the sea of information, it may be time to approach your resume with an editor’s eye and consider removing the following:

  1. Repeat or irrelevant information. If your resume contains outdated technical skills, personal hobbies not related to the job in which you are applying or similar tasks completed for multiple employers, get rid of them. Instead of repeating duties and responsibilities, focus on achievements and accomplishments from each position.
  2. Old or outdated experience. Although experience is important on your career trajectory, employers are most interested in what you have done recently. Try to focus on your last 3-4 jobs, highlighting your experiences with accomplishments and quantifying data wherever possible.
  3. “References available upon request.” Although this line does not take up much space, it is an obvious statement wasting a line. Employers will request references when they are ready and expect them to be available upon request. This portion of the resume can be omitted.

Crafting a solid resume is important for anyone in the workforce, actively job seeking or not.  1st Staffing Group prides itself on helping prepare Oklahoma City’s top talent for some of the best new job opportunities throughout Oklahoma. If you are looking to take your resume up a notch to find a great job in Oklahoma City, contact Oklahoma’s staffing experts at 1st Staffing Group today!

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