Have you got an OLD Resume?

Old resumes stand out to a recruiter. They are based on old formatting or worse still, Microsoft templates

and  recruiters are so bored of these that they barely give them a 10 second scan.

I know this because as a past Senior Recruiter, I basically threw these resumes in the ‘no thanks’ pile.

I could see that the applicant had put no effort into this important document.

As this is the first impression I have of this job seeker, I am always disappointed that so many people continue to still use these old templates.


Have you got an old resume-

Modern resumes show the reader why this person is different in the sea of applicants even though they all have the same qualifications.

Focusing on accessibility and quantifiable results it’s important to removing outdated headings and information that we were taught 20+ years ago!!!

Add New Things; Lose the Old



what to leave out


These have no place in a modern resume because of Equal Opportunity concerns.

If you want to be taken seriously and not irritate the HR Department or your potential boss,

get rid of the photo unless you’re applying for an actor or model position.


An objective states what you want from an employer.

A resume states what you offer the employer you hope to work for.

Focus on the latter with a headline rather than an objective.

Old information

 A resume isn’t a legal document required to list every detail of your work history.

This means your job delivering pizzas after school isn’t relevant if you are now the Administration Manager.

Employers are most interested in your most recent and most relevant positions.

Irrelevant information

 Even if information is recent, it may not be relevant.

If you are targeting a Financial Planner or Maintenance Coordinator job,

the fact that you make ukuleles on the side doesn’t belong on your resume – unless you’re applying to a ukulele band.

Short-term jobs

Employers are less concerned about a gap on your resume than they used to be.

If you’ve taken short-term contracts, casual work or administrative assistant jobs to pay the bills during your job search,

you don’t have to list it on your resume.


 Unless stated in the job advertisement, your references do not belong on your resume.

Neither does “References available upon request” at the bottom.


what to addYour LinkedIn URL

 First, customise your URL so that it looks more professional, memorable,

and is easier for a hiring manager to use. Instructions for customising appear in the LinkedIn Help Center.

Mobile accessibility

 Add your mobile phone number. Open your resume on your phone and tablet.

Ask a friend who uses a different platform to open it on their devices.

Modify your document if you answer no to any of these questions:

Does it open-Does it look right-Can you see the entire document-Can you read it-

Organic formatting

 Organic formatting means the content leads the formatting decisions.

When you add formatting to your resume, it should:


Add links

 First, make your email and LinkedIn URLs active.

Then, use links to websites or videos that illustrate your achievements.

Add a recommendation

 Who do you believe: The person who tells you how awesome they are or the person who tells you how awesome someone else is?

Be sure the recommendation is specific and relevant


Use those old reference letters, performance appraisals or even email feedback comments

to quote satisfied and/or happy clients, supervisors or managers.

Ask your boss, or a client/subcontractor representative if they could email you a quick 2-3 sentence statement of why they like

working with you and what you bring to the team.


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