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Alison Doyle

Resume Writing Basics

By May 8, 2011

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Resume Writing

A job seeker sent me a resume the other day that made me cringe. There were lots of colored fonts of varying sizes and types.  At first glance, it looked confusing. At second glance, it looked worse.

You might think you'll impress a hiring manger by having a resume that stands out from the job search crowd, but it doesn't usually work that way.  

Employers usually only spend 30 seconds or so reviewing each resume. So,  they need to be able to see (as does recruiting management software) at glance why you're qualified.

It can be helpful to review resume writing basics to be sure your resume includes everything relevant to the job you're applying for - and that it looks good.  Keeping it simple is a good strategy.

Related: Resume and Cover Letter Guide | Resume Samples | Targeted Resumes

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May 8, 2011 at 9:44 pm
(1) Doris Appelbaum says:

You cannot depend on spell-check or your memory. Have at least one other person (preferably intelligent) proof-read your resume. Be sure you use a readable font (Arial 12) and bullets – but don’t bullet everything. Use BOLD with discretion. Make things pop in a “normal” way unless you are employed in graphic arts.

July 11, 2011 at 2:18 am
(2) laptopguy says:

You are point on Doris. If you’re not certain of your writing skills the best thing to do is to get feedback from other intelligent individuals.

If you want to land that good job then do your homework when it comes to your resume. Don’t mess up your chances to get the job you want.

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