This Guest paper was submitted for publication in June 2020.
It is copyright to Donald Fomby.
Published here September 2020.

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References and Personal Characteristics

4.   "References Available Upon Request"

This basically says nothing to the recruiter. Why? They know very well that you will be ready to provide more references if they ask. If they're interested in your candidacy, they will surely let you know by requesting more references.

So, including "references available upon request" is stating the obvious and again takes up some space you could use for describing your talents. Besides, this phrase is not a good way to end the resume because it's something that the recruiter might remember you by.

What to write instead?

  • A link to your LinkedIn profile;
  • Contact data of a person who can recommend you.

5.   Vague Personal Characteristics

Imagine you are browsing an online dating website. You've noticed someone and clicked on their profile photo. The bio section says that this person is "nice, likes to have fun, and enjoys spending time talking with friends." What does this bio tell you? That's right, nothing.

Many people are nice. Everybody likes to have fun and talk with other people. So, the bio is mostly useless to someone who wants to learn something meaningful about that person. The same goes for recruiters. If they're looking for a good project manager to hire, they're not interested in vague personal characteristics.

Instead, they look for words like:

  • energetic
  • team player
  • enthusiastic
  • dynamic
  • proactive.

In fact, these are the characteristics you should use to make you shine on your interview, not put them in the resume. There's no way the recruiter can actually measure these, so keep the characteristics quantifiable.[1]

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1. For related information see: Five Indispensable Qualities of Top Project Managers and Dominant Personality Traits Suited to Running Projects Successfully (And What Type are You?)  
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