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Confessions of an HR Recruiter: You Need A Resume Overhaul – Nicole Cox on Glassdoor

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Decision Toolbox Chief Recruitment Officer Nicole Cox shares 6 tips for a résumé overhaul on  These tips are based on real-world mistakes seen by our team of seasoned recruiters.

Excerpt from the article:

As a candidate in a very competitive talent market, you have a definite advantage—there are many more open jobs than there are qualified candidates in almost every profession. However, some résumé mistakes can chip away at that advantage. Based on input from seasoned recruiters, here are six tips for making sure it’s easy to find you and match your qualifications to a company’s needs.

Simpler is Better

Streamline your résumé to make it easier for search engines and applicant tracking systems to find and process it. Each system is different, but they all want to parse your résumé—to scan it and pull relevant information. To avoid confusing the parsing programs, don’t use graphics, text boxes, fancy bullet styles or frilly fonts. Spell out acronyms. Rather than LOTS of keywords, use a handful of carefully chosen ones.

“Short and sweet” should describe your résumé as a whole as well as the different elements within it. With few exceptions, it should be no longer than two pages. Accomplishments are important (see “Highlight Accomplishments,” below), but list no more than five under each position. In general, you’ll want to choose the most significant accomplishments, but also ensure they are relevant to the opening.

For the other 5 tips, check out the full article here.

Connect with Nicole on LinkedIn.


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