The One Thing You Should Take Off Of Your Resume Right Now

Whether you are updating your resume to send off to potential employers, or just updating for the sake of remaining current, you want to make sure that you include the most important information relative to your career goals and/or the position you want to land.

In doing so, you have to keep in mind that in most cases, you only have one page to do achieve your goal. This makes it a challenge, for sure. But is it impossible? Absolutely not.

One way you can do this is by taking your references off of your resume or your CV. In the world of Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), it is almost a given that at some point you will be asked for your references there. There is no need to duplicate the information that will be asked of you in your application. Use that space to elaborate more on your accomplishments and your skill set to show why you’re the right person for the job.

If you are not applying with an ATS and find yourself applying via email, the same rules apply. Unless otherwise prompted to do so (such as with a federal resume), you should keep the references off of your resume. If a potential employer is interested in moving forward with your candidacy, they will ask you for your references. If you have no intentions of putting references of your resume, do not state that they are available by request; that is a given.

If you are looking for a good place to start editing your resume, your references are a great place to start. It’s an outdated practice and unless you’re an expert in your profession (which allows you an extra page or two for your resume), you don’t have a lot of space to use. However, this isn’t the only place. Remove any irrelevant information throughout your resume and highlight only the most relevant information and you’ll be on your way to an effective, response resume.