A good resume is the first step on the job search.

Common resume advice to ignore

When one is seeking career advice, it can seem like everyone has an opinion. However, not every person you converse with has the right answers, according to career expert Alison Green in a recent column for U.S. News and World Report. When it comes to your resume, you may be taking an outdated approach if you listen to some of the most common career advice.

For starters, think of your cover letter and resume as a picture of you. The formal language in which many of these documents are written is unnecessary, as most employers want to read something that sounds like you. Don't get too casual with the language, but you can get out of the habit of using stiff, outdated and formal sentence structures.

A follow-up call after submitting a resume used to be the norm, but these days the practice is seen by pushy and inappropriate by most employers, says Green. It may be difficult, but sit back and wait for an employer to contact you to schedule an interview.

Today, resumes are commonly two pages long, despite the constant recommendation that they remain page. People with more than a few years experience can have resumes that are two-pages long without drawing ire from potential employers.

To remain succinct, cut out any unnecessary information from your resume, including job experience that doesn't directly relate to the position that you are applying for. If you loved working in a job involving yoga meditation or pain management but the experience is not pertinent to the job you desire, leave the information off of your resume. If you think the work represents the type of person you are, consider working in these activities into a face-to-face interview instead.

The New York Times also suggests listing your education after your work experience to focus a resume on the most relevant data. 

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