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What College Grads Should Leave Off Entry Level Resumes

By Anne Brown
Editor, GradtoGreat.com

There are a few things that hiring managers don't need, and frankly don't want to see on your resume. We're going to discuss what those things are here.

First, if it happened while you were in high school, leave it off your resume. There are a few caveats to this rule however. If you started a profitable business or non-profit organization, or competed in the Olympics, then by all means include high school activities on your resume. But for the rest of us who only have membership in student council, academic clubs or athletic teams to point to, stick to the college activities when it comes to listing extracurricular activities on your resume.

Second, try to keep the gaps in employment to a minimum. When people review your chronological entry level resume, gaps in employment are hard to miss. [If you've already read our other articles about entry level resumes you know that hiring managers want to see a chronological resume from college grads with less than two years of work experience.] For the classes of 2008-2010, we realize you may not have a lot of control over the gaps on your resume due to the economy. Hiring mangers are likely to be more lenient about gaps in employment between 2007-2010 for entry level college grads, and even more experienced workers since the economic situation was abysmal. That being said, do try to keep gaps in employment to an absolute minimum, now and always throughout your career. Just be cognizant that gaps in employment can be a red flag for many people who review resumes from college grads and others. If you're struggling to find a job after you graduate, try interviewing for jobternships to fill in the gaps on your resume.

Third, languages. Unless you are fluent in another language, or several other languages, do not include them on your resume under a heading titled "other languages". The reason for this is a little complicated, but worth understanding.

NEXT: What to Leave Off Your Resume- Part II>>

Anne Brown is a former journalist who became involved in writing about career development and success strategies after gaining experience in a wide variety of fields and industries herself. Anne is the author of the two books listed in the GradtoGreat.com bookstore.