Most hiring managers look at a résumé for only six seconds before they decide to keep it or toss it. So, here are a few filler phrases and time-wasters that should be eliminated from your résumé. These come from the book “Get The Job You Want.”

  • First: Eliminate outdated or obvious tech skills, like proficiency in Microsoft Office. These days, everybody should know those programs. You’re better off showcasing not-so-common workplace skills, like HTML, or even your skills as a former copier repairman.

  • What else should be deleted from our résumés? Industry jargon, and technical phrases. For example, say you’re applying at a trucking firm, skip phrases like: “Experience with gooseneck lowboy,” and use plain English instead, like, “Expert in oversize loads.” The people reading résumés may not be familiar with the terms connected to the job in question, so write your résumé so anyone can understand it. 

  • Skip the fancy formatting. Most résumés are submitted electronically, and spacing, bullet points and fonts don’t always translate properly. Instead, keep the layout clean and simple, so the reader can focus on the content. 

  • What else should we delete from our résumés? Any information that can be used for identity theft, like date of birth and social security number. Most companies don’t need that information until they offer you a job, and you don’t want your information floating around on online databases that are vulnerable to hackers.

  • Finally: Get rid of obscure awards. Of course, if you won an Oscar or a Pulitzer, there’s no need to explain. But if it’s something less well-known, take a line or two to describe why the award is applicable to the job you’re applying for, otherwise, leave it off your résumé completely.