There are some things that don’t need to be included on your resume. You may think that the more information you provide, the better your chances of landing an interview, but that isn’t true. There is such thing as too much information, especially on a resume. Employers are scanning tons of resumes in a little amount of time! Make sure the important stuff stands out. Check out 5 things that you don’t always need to include on your resume below.
An objective or summary statement isn’t always necessary. If your work experience is relative to the position you’re applying for, then there is no need to include it. The only time you should really add a statement is if you’re making a career change and your resume doesn’t necessarily reflect what you’re looking to do. This should be no more than a few sentences summarizing your strong suited skills and experience.
Banking, engineering, or legal firms may ask for your GPA. But, in most cases, a GPA is not needed on your resume. Employers are more interested in your experience than what your grades were. If you graduated with honors or other notable academic awards, those are great to mention under your education section.
Any high school experience is irrelevant once you’ve been through college. This meaning, there is no need to include your high school name, GPA, hobbies, awards, etc…
With this being said, typically your work experience throughout high school is not needed. Getting rid of irrelevant titles and positions helps get rid of the clutter in your resume. Though, these positions can also show that you’ve been working long-term and have gained skills throughout the years that can be contributed to the job you’re seeking. This is all up to what you feel is important. But, if a position is really not applicable, it’s okay to leave it out.
Company descriptions typically take up a lot of room on your resume when they aren’t needed. As long as the industry is highlighted, that’s great. An employer or hiring manager is more interested in what you did at that company and how you contributed to their success. Remember, employers typically scan a resume very briefly, so you want to make sure they see the important stuff and aren’t distracted by unnecessary clutter!
If an employer, hiring manager, or recruiter decides to go forth with you as a candidate, they’ll reach out to you for your references. Adding these to your resume is unnecessary because they may not even be needed. Not providing them also gives you the chance to reach out to your references to let them know they may get a phone call. It’s never a good idea to put someone down as a reference without them being aware. This could actually hurt you in the end because they will be caught off guard and unprepared. You want a good recommendation!
It’s important to de-clutter your resume and make the important information stand out! A cluttered resume could be the make or break in getting a call or an interview.