5 Things to Leave off Your College Resume
Your resume is your highlight reel for recruiters to ooh and aah about. Unfortunately, too many students shoot themselves in the foot when putting together this important document. Today we are here to save the day with these top 5 things to leave off your college resume:
No matter how funny it is to share that you were Time Magazine’s Person of the Year in 2006, it’s best to leave any humor to your cover letter and interview. When a recruiter reads your resume, they’re checking for relevant experience, and maybe what school you attended and your major. If that information is bogged down with unnecessary humorous interjections, your resume will be on the fast track to the “Pass” pile.
2. High School Achievements
Recruiters want to know about your relevant experience that will shape who you are as a worker to them. It’s great that you organized a bake sale to raise funds for the audio-visual club at your high school, but that won’t help to persuade a recruiter to hire you for an entry-level marketing position. If you must include content from your high school career on your resume, try to include work experience that you held for a long time to show that you were able to take on and maintain extra responsibilities before you even started college.
3. Things that aren’t true
A friend of mine reviewed a resume that listed “Alligator Wrestling” under interests. When the candidate was asked about this experience, they said that they had chosen to add the content “just for fun”. If it’s not something you’ve accomplished, it doesn’t belong on your resume. The alligator wrestler didn’t get the job.
4. GPA, SAT Scores, Etc.
In most cases, including your GPA will only serve to hurt you in the application process. Many companies have unrealistic standards for the GPA they are looking for in applicants, so save discussing your GPA for an interview where you can better explain how and why you wound up with that number. Including an SAT score could perhaps show that you have (or had) above average intelligence, but also serve to insult the recruiter who is still bitter about their lower-than-they-hoped-for score.
5. Out of Context Content
Including a photo of yourself might be relevant if you’re applying to be a model or actor, but not on a resume submitted for a banking position. Limit the content of your resume to anything relevant to a given position. Don’t be afraid to add or remove items for a specific application.
What you shouldn’t leave off your college resume is the awesome work that you have done on a MindSumo challenge. Here are some handy instructions on how to get those challenges on there.