Resumes For Dummies
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A well-crafted resume contains only the information that proves you’re a qualified candidate. Eliminate resume clutter by removing useless information that potential employers often view as filler and a waste of their time. Here’s a short list of the worst offenders:

  • “References available on request.” Listing the actual references on your resume is even worse.

  • Your Social Security number or driver’s license number.

  • The date your resume was prepared.

  • Your company’s telephone number.

  • Your high school or grammar school if you’re a college graduate.

  • Dates you spent involved in college extracurricular activities.

  • Dates you were involved with professional or civic organizations unless using them to fill in gaps or add heft to your claims.

  • Names of (human) past employers; put these on your reference sheet with contact information.

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Laura DeCarlo was selected as the resume writing expert serving 54 national and international professional associations from the AMA to the ASCE. As the founder of Career Directors International, LLC (CDI), DeCarlo has developed a leading resource for the education and certification of resume writers and career coaches worldwide.

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