Career Death… By a Resume?

Can a resume kill your chances of getting the job you are dying for? You bet! Your resume is one of your most effective weapons on your path to nail your dream position: it can serve its “master” and help you get noticed or it can make your profile get buried under a pile of competitor applications. If you have ever wondered why you don’t get a call back for a position that you seemed to be pitch perfect for, take a closer look at your resume and you might find the key to the problem.

Here are a couple insider tips on how to enhance your chances to be seen:

– Take a close look at the job description’s key words and make use of them generously in your resume when applying. Large companies like eBay or Facebook often rely on keyword searches when filtering resumes; the more frequently the keyword they are searching for occurs in your resume, the better! So scan the job description and pick a couple key terms/key skills and use these in your resume repeatedly.

Don’t treat a resume like a “one size fits all”. Customize your resume based on the job you’re applying for; move things around if needed. If you are applying for a telecom company and you have relevant experience, make that stand out. If you went to a good school, don’t bury it at the bottom of your resume, but put it towards the top. Are you a member of an industry group that fits the job you are applying for? Place that strategically in your resume!

Don’t write a novel– A good resume should not be more than 2-3 pages depending on your years of experience. The resume should summarize your career and tease for more.  It is your calling card, not your biography.

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