How to Make Your Resume More Effective

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Contemporary resumes tell a story! Think news story, because your goal is to cover the ‘who, what, where, when, why and how’ as a reporter might. Instead of reporting on someone or something else, you are reporting on You, Inc.

Connect the dots for the reader as to why they should care. As a good news journalist would, lead in with a hook and the most important information, and then funnel down through to the end of the resume and trail with the least important. However, your story should be content-pithy and compelling, peppered with little word surprises up through the final chapter.

Most people fear that colorful resumes will risk rejection. The fact is, more people lose opportunities to other candidates because they cave into that fear. Because of their unease, many people flail when it comes to building persuasive resumes. Resumes are marketing documents. And marketing requires creativity along with a willingness to get uncomfortable.

This slideshow features three resume missteps that job seekers make every day, along with ways to rectify them, identified by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter, a Glassdoor career and workplace expert. By expanding your vision of a contemporary, high-performing resume, you will empower your job search and land more (and more focused) interview opportunities.

 

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