Most job searches begin with building a resume to match the job you want. This document, in most cases, will serve as your first impression to the recruiter or hiring manager. Knowing that, you’ll want to make sure you get your qualifications across. The best way to do this is to explain the ways your experiences relate to the desired job. But accomplishing this is much easier said than done as you will have to pick and choose your experiences. This blog will simplify that process by identifying three times that leaving a position off your resume will improve your chances of landing the job.
You should only include positions that your potential employer would see as relatable and valuable. Although you might be able to work a few possible connections between a past experience and the one you’re applying for, you should really only list a job that has a clear link. Remember you won’t be able to explain these slight connections to the recruiter or manager that is glancing over your resume.
If you can’t demonstrate what you accomplished during a past experience it is better to leave it off completely. When an employer is looking to hire someone, they are looking for what you bring to the table and the best way to show that is through tangible results.
Limits play an important part in writing a resume. You only have so much paper to work with as many employers still expect a one-page resume for entry level positions and the recruiter only has so much time to look over your resume. Both of these limits demonstrate the need to be succinct in your resume writing.
Worried about a resume gap? Check out our tips on how to handle the issue here.