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Via USA Today : Ask HR: When should I take past internships off my resume?

Question: I’m currently looking for my next job opportunity. Because I’ve been at my company for most of my professional career, I still have internships on my resume. At what point should I remove internship experiences from my resume? Are there any exceptions? – Anonymous

Johnny C. Taylor Jr.: There are no hard-and-fast rules about removing internships, or any other jobs for that matter, from a resume. However, I can share some general guidelines.

If the internship took place 10 or more years ago, don’t include it unless you gained knowledge and skills or completed assignments that would be interesting to a prospective employer. On the other hand, internships completed five years ago or less should probably remain on your resume.

If you worked as an intern between five and 10 years ago, use your best judgment. If you believe it will help you land your next job, include it.

However, if you have a lot of experience and your internship doesn’t correlate to the job you’re applying for, leave it off. It could detract from your overall resume.

The exception is if you worked as an intern for a famous employer or in a niche field, like the sports industry. In those cases, I’d suggest keeping an internship on your resume because the experience could help you stand out.

Additionally, internships can serve as supplemental experience if you do not meet the required years of experience for a desired job.

Lastly, if you have five or more years of professional experience, start focusing on gaining certifications in your industry or with your profession association. This will show a prospective employer you are continuing to grow in your career and not relying on early academic experience. Certifications also show you have the most current knowledge in your field.

Internships are valuable in helping you to identify a career and prepare for it. But, as you gain professional work experience, they become less important. As a result, your resume will evolve over time.

Via CNBC : Here’s the only time you should put a foreign language on your resume

In today’s global economy, speaking a second language is highly prized. But if you’re tempted to add a language to your resume that you haven’t spoken since the seventh grade, here’s a word of advice: don’t.

If you’re not a native speaker and it’s not something you’ve been building on for your specific career, “I don’t think it belongs [on your resume],” Amanda Augustine, a TopResume career advice expert, tells CNBC Make It.

To determine your level of proficiency, Augustine says to ask yourself: Could I travel to a country that only speaks this language and hold fluent conversations without any outside assistance?

If your answer is no, remove the language from your resume.

Granted, being bilingual or multilingual is incredibly marketable, says Augustine, but the costs can outweigh the benefits if you’re not as proficient as you claim to be.

“It really depends on if it’s important to your role,” says the career expert. If you’re fairly proficient in a language but it has no bearing on the job to which you are applying, don’t bother adding it to your resume, says Augustine.

Be mindful that the interviewer might speak the language and want to test your fluency, especially for common languages like Spanish. An inability to communicate clearly could end up making you look deceitful, casting doubt on the rest of your resume, says Augustine.

If you’re hired without a test, your company might eventually expand to another country or conduct business with clients who speak a different language. As a result, your employer will quickly learn that you fibbed, a risk you shouldn’t take when the role likely didn’t require a foreign language in the first place.

For positions where a secondary language is desirable or crucial to the role, ask yourself whether you’d feel comfortable holding the entire interview in that language, says Augustine. She recommends that you also ask yourself if you’d be able to conduct business deals in that second language.

For native speakers, there’s no downside to disclosing a foreign language. But do remember that you have limited space on your resume so you should still prioritize any job-related skills.

If you still want to include a language, provide context. Augustine suggests explaining whether you speak fluently or conversationally, for instance. Understand, however, that such descriptions are highly subjective and could create confusion.

No matter what you do, if you pretend you have a higher level of proficiency than you have, “you’re probably not going to land the job,” says Augustine.

“You need to sell yourself,” she says. “If it doesn’t help your candidacy, eliminate it.”

Via The Ladders : Refresh your resume in 5 steps (while employed)

Print out your resume and get your red pen ready. A hard copy lets you see details you might otherwise pass over.

It never hurts to freshen up your resume with new achievements and an eye toward the future of your career, especially while employed. Shifting technology makes what to include on your resume even more tricky. Do you include an objective? What about your LinkedIn profile? How do you make your resume less boring?

Print out your resume and get your red pen ready. A hard copy lets you see details you might otherwise pass over. Here’s what you need to do to liven your resume up:

1. Keep the format simple

Oddly formatted resumes are the bane of hiring managers’ existences. The creative colors, spacing, and various fonts become an eyesore, making you stand out in a different way than what you intended. Saving the file as a PDF keeps the data from warping when opened in different software.

Keep the format simple and intuitive for others to navigate. A sans serif font is easiest on the eyes, and don’t go crazy with bold, italicizing and underlining. Balance white space with content. Information on your resume should be quick and easy to locate, not give you a headache.

Save the creative design for the creatives. If you’re a designer or creative, consider designing an infographic resume to let your resume showcase your skills in a sensible and helpful way. Your resume should easy to peruse and relevant to the job role and industry.

2. Make cuts

You’d be surprised about what you don’t need in a resume. You won’t be surprised, though, to know that managers are skimming for required details that categorize you according to assumption rather than talent. Try these tips:

  • If you’re not a new graduate, eliminate the year of graduation. Cutting the date lets them measure your merit while adding up years.
  • Take out “References available upon request.” That’s obvious.
  • Delete soft skills. Save job intricacies for the interview, and list the measurable achievements.
  • Leave out high school and college accomplishments if it was years ago. Focus on now.
  • Goodbye, Objective section! That detail is for your cover letter.
  • Consider deleting your address. Most of the time, that’s added to a database as you apply, or is filled out during paperwork. Some managers may assume you can’t handle the commute. A telephone and email address is enough.

3. Add links

Include relevant social media and professional links in your resume. Does your industry require you to network and recruit new business and professionals? Does your role deal with marketing or influencing, especially as an industry expert?

Conveniently link hiring managers right to the information they need in one resource. List your Twitter, LinkedIn, blog and new digital publications. Use hyperlinks with relevant text, instead of lengthy URLs, and only use when appropriate.

4. Engage with active verbs

Resumes are polluted with passive word choices, especially when it comes to overused verbs. You don’t want your resume to sound like a life coach giving a TED talk while jumping out of a plane. However, your resume showcases your talents and how you performed within your job role. Your word choices can disempower you. Use active verbs.

Be precise, accurate and engage with compelling verb choices. Ditch these terms: “led,” “helped,” “handled,” “worked” and “responsible for.” Imagine your verbs as the pull back on an arrow before hitting the target — the force and energy required to snag the job. Avoid clichés, such as “go-getter.”

Did you lead a project? Try “chaired,” “headed,” “executed” or “coordinated.” Had a vision come to life? Try “devised,” “launched,” “pioneered” or “spearheaded.” Save the company budget? Try “diagnosed,” “deducted,” “consolidated” or “conserved.” Active verbs don’t have to be flashy to catch attention.

5. Use keywords to your advantage

Technology has made the hiring process easier for management, by allowing software to scan resumes for details that match the job description. Use keywords to your advantage by placing them, where relevant, in your resume.

Do you have a copy of your job description? Look up alternative names for your role (or desired role), and analyze what keywords are used. Don’t lie and don’t copy the job description word for word. Yet, realize that your resume isn’t likely getting a first pass by a human being. Don’t leave out specific software, years of experience and desired qualifications that are listed if you have those.

You’ll also find specific language with strong word choices unique to that industry and described in ways you may have not considered. Your cover letter and interview will also benefit from this knowledge. This strategy is particularly helpful when analyzing job descriptions for a role that you wish to grow into as your career develops. Start tailoring your resume now!

Trends in what makes a proper resume shift on the whims of manager preferences, but a little common sense maintains certain rules. Simplicity is key, even in an age of developing technology. Focus on precision, hard numbers and active voice when sharing your achievements on your resume. Just a few changes will refresh your resume and give it the pep needed to reach for your career goals.

Via LifeHacker : How To Punch Up Your Resume With ‘Action Verbs’ [Infographic]

There’s no shortage of resume tips on the internet, but word selection is one area that’s often overlooked. Believe it or not, your verb choices can have a serious impact on how your resume is received by prospective hirers – even if the listed skills and achievements remain otherwise unchanged.

This infographic from Eapplicants lists 22 action verbs that have been proven to strengthen resumes, along with a multitude of extra tips.

The tips in this infographic purport to make your resume one in a million. Hyperbole aside, it does contain some solid advice covering all aspects of your resume or CV, including page layout, font choice, best skills to focus on, proofreading and the aforementioned action words. If your resume could use a spit and polish, try implementing some of the below tips.


Finding and securing a job in your sector can be difficult – especially when it’s your first time entering the workforce.

Fortunately, employment is the highest it’s been in a decade for millennials, according to the New York Fed, so all you really need to stand out is the perfect resume – and the skills to back it up.

To understand what career seekers should have on their resume, and what to absolutely leave off, we spoke to career experts – this is what they recommend avoiding when it comes to crafting CVs.


Under almost no circumstance should you have a picture on your resume, according to numerous career experts – with just two exceptions.

“Unless you are a model or a famous person, leave off your picture,” Robin Schlinger, founder of Robin’s Resumes, told The Independent.

Carolyn Betts Fleming, CEO and founder of Betts Recruiting, echoed the advice, adding: “Don’t include a photo on your resume.”

However, Ms Fleming does recommend “including a link to your LinkedIn profile where people can see your photo.”

With such a limited amount of space already, adding a picture doesn’t make sense.

Career objective

This formerly-popular resume feature is now outdated – so experts recommend adapting to the current job job-seeking climate and leaving it off.

When asked what to omit from a resume, Erin Kennedy, CEO at Professional Resume Services told us: “The number one thing that stands out to me is an objective.

“Nothing puts you back in the 1990s faster than ‘Objective: To pursue a sales position while furthering my skills’ or something similar.”

Instead, she recommends considering a “career summary” and adding “five or six sentences that summarise your accomplishments and skills.”

Certified career management coach and founder of the Career Success Coach, Joellyn Wittenstein Schwerdlin, also advised swapping objective in favour of something else.

“Leave off the career objective such as ‘seeking a challenging position within a progressive organisation’ or anything which sounds similar to that,” she said. “Hiring managers don’t care about what a candidate wants; they do care about the problems that the candidate can solve for their company.”

Ms Schwerdlin said job-seekers should consider replacing the objective with a “branded headline,” which “reflects a candidate’s professional title and industry, such as Retail Store Manager, Computer Programmer Specialising in Web-Based Applications, Non-Profit Executive, Elementary School Teacher, etc.

“Below that headline should be a short paragraph summarising and supporting a candidate’s work experience in that profession/industry.”

References available upon request

Just as the objective section is a thing of the past, as are other resume phrases such as “references available upon request.”

According to Georgia Adamson, CEO of A Successful Career, references available upon request is “a phrase that’s not necessary and takes up valuable space” because it’s obvious.

“I haven’t used it in probably 15 plus years,” she said.

Unnecessary or irrelevant skills

Because resumes are supposed to be kept up to date and reflect the skills that would make you a fit for a specific job, they should include attributes that show you would be helpful to employers – not ones that are expected knowledge of any candidates.

“Job seekers shouldn’t put anything on the resume that looks ‘outdated’ – and that includes really old dates, outmoded technology and computer skills,” Ms Adamson said.

This includes Microsoft Office – the number one thing people should leave off their resumes, according to executive career coach, leadership consultant, staff development trainer, and CEO of Executive Coach NY Jane Cranston.

“If you think that’s a big deal, you know little about workplace technology,” Ms Cranston said.

Ms Cranston also recommends leaving off skills related to travel or theatre.

“Everyone says that, and no one cares,” she told us.