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If You Use These Statements, You Need to Update Your Resume ASAP!

Monday February 12th – Aiyana R.

Since high-school, there have been changes to your typical resume and cover letter(s). There are a few sections that are not required past the grade ten “careers class.” Save space on your resume by deleting the following statements!

Objective Statements/Career Goals

Resumes are often accompanied with a cover letter. This is where you state your objective, your career goals, your interest, your passions and how they align with the companies you are applying to. These statements take up unnecessary space on your resume and are best reiterated in a cover letter or during an interview.


Never use pictures on your resume! There are rare circumstances that you will need to provide a picture of yourself before being offered the position. For example, if you are applying for a position studying abroad. However, in Canada most employers will throw out a resume that includes a picture. This is because they can be accused of discrimination if they do not hire someone based on their appearance. This is also true of a physical description of yourself, marital status, race and religious views.

“References Available Upon Request”

At this point, most students understand they should protect the confidentiality of their former employers by not including their personal contact information when submitting any application. At this stage in the game, most employers will assume that if you’ve had past working or volunteer experience, then you will have references. The fact that you, the candidate, will have references is a common sense and deleting this section will help you save space on your resume.

Social Insurance Number (SIN)

This may seem obvious to most people, however, it does occur. When sending your resume out to many organizations, you never know who will see your personal information. You do not need to compromise your privacy when applying for a job! Employers will ask for this information for pay purposes only after they have offered you the position and you have accepted.

Overall, these recommendations follow the formatting of the Co-op 1100 class at the University of Guelph. If you have specific questions about any of the above, feel free to stop by the Cooperative and Career Education Centre to discuss this with a peer helper!