William Vanderbloemen - Forbes.com
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There is no correct or one-size-fits-all template for a resume, but there are some things you should leave off.
I’ve seen thousands of resumes in my seven years leading an executive search firm. I’ve seen it all, from the most simplistic to the most detailed resume, from the most organized resume to the most chaotic.
I like to think of resumes as being like the first inning of a baseball game. You cannot win a game in the first inning, but you sure can lose one. Likewise, you cannot “win” a job with your resume, but you can definitely put yourself out of the running.
There is no correct or one-size-fits-all template for a resume. What employers really care about is seeing - in a clear and organized manner - what you have done and why it makes sense that you are applying for their role.
However, there are some things I strongly recommend you leave off of your resume.
1. Cute things or unnecessary design
2. Your objective
3. The wrong photo
4. Bad links