What is relevant information for a resume, anyway? Who decides what is included?

The answers are: Anything related to what you want to do, and the employer. That’s right – the content of a resume is really dictated by what an employer needs. When you include data that is not pertinent to the job at hand, you confuse and distract a hiring manager.

Does the world need to know that you held three jobs as a waiter prior to your career in management? Will an employer be impressed that you published scientific papers on the importance of hydrocarbon gases to the ozone layer in Central America–if you want to attain the rank of CEO? Probably not.

Write down your career goal, and put it in front of you as you draft your resume. Weigh each piece of information against this target… and see what sticks.