Here’s What You Can Leave Off Your Manufacturing Resume

Some people looking for work make the error of including everything they possibly can on their resumes. While it is crucial to include major qualifications and achievements, you don’t need to discuss every single detail of your career.

This seems counterintuitive, but limiting the information on your resume is better than putting down too much. If your resume repeats job duties for numerous positions or includes part-time jobs you held 15 years ago, a hiring manager will be forced to hunt for details, and making them work harder isn’t going to score you any points.

With that in mind, below is a short list of the things you should leave off of your manufacturing resume.

Language that ‘tries too hard’

Your resume shouldn’t require a thesaurus to write it or to read it. If you’re using language to wow your reader, it’s likely having the opposite effect. Use professional language that sounds natural and conversational. If you don’t ordinarily use 4-syllable words in your vocabulary, your interview will sound a lot different from your resume.

Jobs from more than 15 years ago

Your resume isn’t an autobiography. It should be a marketing document that highlights your greatest hits while not leaving out critical information. If you held a job in a different field 17 years ago, for example, you shouldn’t include it.

You should always include jobs from the past ten years, or 15 years if you’re applying for a management position. After that time frame, only include jobs that serve a purpose. For instance, if you managed a fast food restaurant for several years, you might want to include that when applying for a management position.


Your resume is a legal document in the sense that all the information on it has to be true. Saying you graduated from a major university when you only took a few classes can get you fired and possibly sued if an employer finds out.

Rather than trying to impress with lies, rack you brain to come up with any achievements that are relevant to the job opportunity and might impress the hiring manager.

Polarizing information

Maybe you campaigned passionately for a presidential candidate. While there’s nothing to be ashamed about when it comes to your free time, including this on your resume won’t help your cause. In fact, an unusual or polarizing pursuit could be off-putting to certain people; so why take that risk?

The only time you should include this kind of information is if you’re absolutely positive it will help you and it relates to the job opportunity. For instance, if you supported a certain political candidate and you are applying to a company owned by that former candidate, it’s okay to include that information.

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