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Clean up Your Resume

You may currently enjoy your job, your colleagues, and your compensation, but that does not mean your resume should be gathering dust deep within your laptop. Supervisors change, coworkers move on and, with a single job listing, your gut can scream, “that’s the one I really want.”

Publish Date: September 9, 2020


According to a recent article in Forbes, a hiring manager spends less than 10 seconds reviewing a resume. This means your resume needs to shine and be ready to send asap.

Consider these tips for resume readiness:

  • List your work history only… without dates.
    Age discrimination does exist, whether it is intentional or unintentional. Your work history dates are important but leave off your graduation year and dates from any other certifications or qualifications.
  • Avoid large blocks of text.
    Use bullet points instead. They are easily read, can highlight key accomplishments, and make your resume easier to skim. If you are the right candidate, the hiring manager will decide within 10 seconds whether they want to meet you.
  • Your photo may be held against you.
    No matter your age, skin color, beauty or dazzling smile, your appearance has no bearing on your ability to do the job.
  • Include only social media that matters.
    Do include the link to your LinkedIn profile but avoid any other links that do not showcase your professional abilities. Links to fun family time on Facebook, photos of your personal interests on Instagram do not belong on a professional’s resume.

This article was adapted from Forbes’ “6 Things To Remove From Your Résumé”.

Speaking of being ready for the next best thing, AORN’s Career Center has more than 1,200 jobs listed. Visit it today and every day to find the perfect fit.