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Be Concise

While your line of work may imply that giving all the details is a good idea, keep in mind that resumes – including yours – will be rejected or accepted into a working pile within 30 seconds. Giving the manager an information overload is a great way to get rid of them.  Keep it crisp and to the point.

Be Precise

Failing to spellcheck, proofread, and correct errors will sink any candidate. It’s essential that your resume is professional without any errors whatsoever, as it will be a reflection on your future work – or lack thereof.

Tailor the Resume to the Job Opening

If your resume isn’t tailored with the keywords used in the job posting, it can look like you have been mass posting your resume everywhere and will most likely be thrown out. Customize it as much as possible without giving too much information.

Bullet Points

Instead of writing entire paragraphs for each of your past positions, it’s best to keep it short and sweet with bullet points. You will be able to tell the key points and quantify the results so employers understand the significance of your work.

Objective Not Necessary

Unless the job posting specifically asks for an objective, it’s not necessary. Keep it to a brief summary instead, explaining how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the open position.

Prioritize

Put the important information first, with your most recent job at the top and the essential skills you used at that position. Keep in mind that the reader will only skim your resume.

Highlight Accomplishments Over Responsibilities

Selling yourself based on what you were able to accomplish previously will show the amount of growth you’re capable of and the amount of potential you could bring going forward.


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