How to Make Your Resume More Effective

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Talking directly to the people who hire, talking to people who know people hiring, researching influencers through social media, and keeping your eyes and ears peeled for business news about new shoots of growth in the sector and/or geographical area you are targeting will help you unearth information on whom to contact initially.

Once you’ve begun engaging with folks, and they show interest in knowing more about you, you can send the marketing-savvy resume that speaks uniquely to who you are. Remember this: There are no resume police or written-in-stone resume rules. The only thing you need to remember is that your resume is there to sell your value. If it is dull and unfocused, it will get lost in the shuffle; if it gleams and is targeted to a specific reader, it will be embraced and get you the interview traction you desire.

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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