Review Resume for Attractiveness, Focus, Marketability

BUILD MY RESUME

Continuing the resume-polishing tips begun the other day: Resume Polishing Tip #1: Review Resume for Attractiveness, Focus, Marketability Your resume should be visually attractive, relevant to the job you are seeking, concise, and current. (Text resumes do not need to be attractive, but do need to be relevant, concise, and current.) A poorly formatted resume will not be the deciding factor in whether you receive an interview, but liken a nicely formatted (and easy to read) resume to wearing a professionally tailored outfit to the interview — you should dress your resume for success. Stick to one font (and one color — black), and utilize the white space in the margins and between headings to make your resume more appealing and inviting to read. A resume that does not tell a story with a laser-sharp focus is practically useless. View your resume as you might a 30-second commercial — it has to have a hook and engage the viewer, or it’s lost. Remember that a resume is not your personal history — nor your employment history — but a document that clearly shows why you are the perfect candidate for the job you are seeking. If you are pursuing more than one type of job, then you need a different resume for each job; if you are not sure of the job you are seeking, stop working on your resume and first find your job-search focus. Concentrate on highlighting the most relevant education, training, and experience from the past 7 to 10 years — beyond that, your experiences are simply background information (and possibly irrelevant or obsolete anyway). Provide no more than about 15 years of experience — with anything beyond the 10-year mark focused on one or two key bullet points.

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