What College Grads Should Leave Off Entry Level Resumes

By Anne Brown
Editor, GradtoGreat.com

As more companies start to recruit bilingual employees you may think it's a bonus to have another language on your resume. If you are bilingual this is true. However, if you took three Spanish classes and have memorized 1000 palabras (words) in Espanol, I'm sorry but that doesn't make you a good job candidate based on your language skills. Only include language skills on a resume if they will be used on the job for which you are applying, and if you are fluent. For example, if the job requires fluency in reading Spanish and you can read without a problem, then by all means say that on your resume. But if you can sort of get the gist of what the text says, then do yourself and the hiring manager a favor and leave it off your resume completely.

Fourth, throw out the objective statement. Get rid of it. If the objective statement on your current resume says something like “Looking for entry-level job in Information Systems that will allow me to use my technical skills, organizational skills and people skills”, hit the delete button now. The hiring manager knows what your objective is the minute he or she receives your email with the subject line “Application for entry-level information systems position” or "Steve_Resume".

The fifth thing to leave off of your entry level resume is the phrase "References available upon request". This is redundant and does not need to be included on your resume. Leave it off. If the person interviewing you wishes to ask you for references, he will.

Finally, make sure your resume doesn't have any mistakes. Proofread your resume, and then have someone else review it. You will miss a typo, or a repeated word word. It happens on more entry level resumes and more often than you may think. Don’t get passed over for an interview because you couldn’t spare a few extra hours to perfect the document that is more important than your thesis. Have someone review it and give you their honest opinion. Even better, have it reviewed by a career counselor or someone who has experience in the field you plan to pursue. What a great excuse for an informational interview!

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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.