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The Perfect Resume

How to Write a Resume That Gets You The Job

January 9, 2015
With the new year almost in sight, what are your career resolutions? Here’s a suggestion: Update your resume. Author Amy Gallo outlines expert advice in making that good first impression with your CV: After all, it’s more than a resume; “it’s a marketing document,” says John Lees, a UK-based career strategist and author of Knockout CV. Heifetz agrees: “The hiring manager is the buyer, you’re the product, and you need to give him a reason to buy.” [FEATURE] resume-wrongs fb   Achieve a resume that stands out by following these key tips:
  • Open strong - The first 15-20 words of your resume are critically important “because that’s how long you usually have a hiring manager’s attention,” says Lees. Start with a brief summary of your expertise.
  • Get the order right - If you’re switching industries, don’t launch into job experience that the hiring manager may not think is relevant.
  • Be selective - It’s tempting to list every job, accomplishment, volunteer assignment, skill, and degree you’ve ever had. But don’t.
  • Share accomplishments, not responsibilities – “My rule of thumb is that 95% of what you talk about should be framed as accomplishments,” suggests Heifetz. Lees agrees: “Give tangible, concrete examples.”
  • Make it readable – Lees says the days of a one-page resume are over. Nowadays, two or three pages is fine, but that’s the limit. And stick to the most common fonts.
  • Get help – Consider working with a resume writer, mentor, or a friend.
  • Tweak it for each opportunity – Don’t think you can get away with having just one resume. Heifetz says you have to alter it for each opportunity.
  • Align your LinkedIn profile – Your LinkedIn profile is just as important as your resume.
Start the new year right by getting your resume right. Here’s to a year filled with career successes!

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Written by Joseph Cueto
The Perfect Resume

How to Write a Resume That Gets You The Job

January 9, 2015
With the new year almost in sight, what are your career resolutions? Here’s a suggestion: Update your resume. Author Amy Gallo outlines expert advice in making that good first impression with your CV: After all, it’s more than a resume; “it’s a marketing document,” says John Lees, a UK-based career strategist and author of Knockout CV. Heifetz agrees: “The hiring manager is the buyer, you’re the product, and you need to give him a reason to buy.” [FEATURE] resume-wrongs fb   Achieve a resume that stands out by following these key tips:
  • Open strong - The first 15-20 words of your resume are critically important “because that’s how long you usually have a hiring manager’s attention,” says Lees. Start with a brief summary of your expertise.
  • Get the order right - If you’re switching industries, don’t launch into job experience that the hiring manager may not think is relevant.
  • Be selective - It’s tempting to list every job, accomplishment, volunteer assignment, skill, and degree you’ve ever had. But don’t.
  • Share accomplishments, not responsibilities – “My rule of thumb is that 95% of what you talk about should be framed as accomplishments,” suggests Heifetz. Lees agrees: “Give tangible, concrete examples.”
  • Make it readable – Lees says the days of a one-page resume are over. Nowadays, two or three pages is fine, but that’s the limit. And stick to the most common fonts.
  • Get help – Consider working with a resume writer, mentor, or a friend.
  • Tweak it for each opportunity – Don’t think you can get away with having just one resume. Heifetz says you have to alter it for each opportunity.
  • Align your LinkedIn profile – Your LinkedIn profile is just as important as your resume.
Start the new year right by getting your resume right. Here’s to a year filled with career successes!

Sign up on Kalibrr today and find the right job for you. You can also subscribe to our weekly newsletter and get Kalibrr Career Advice straight from your inbox!

Written by Joseph Cueto

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