Why a successful résumé depends on the reader’s experience more than you realize

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Rather than tinkering with the format for hours, try evaluating the general feeling you get when reviewing your résumé. As an executive résumé writer and a former retained search consultant, I see some interesting (and at times cringeworthy) résumés. Interestingly, almost every job seeker makes the biggest mistake, and hardly anyone talks about one particular idea around résumé success. Read Full Story

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These common résumé mistakes lead to recruiter confusion

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A few of these formatting blunders may be holding you back from job opportunities. A recruiter’s perception of your résumé can make or break your job search. If recruiters can read your résumé with ease and quickly understand the benefits of hiring you, then you will be placed in front of numerous hiring managers and given plenty of opportunities to prove yourself at interview . Read Full Story

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This ideal résumé template to use if you’re looking for a job in tech

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The founder of Leet Resumes explains how a great technical résumé can communicate your value clearly and concisely and make you stand out from the crowd. Technology companies are booming despite the pandemic, and technology professionals have never been in higher demand. So now’s the time for software engineers to update their résumés to take advantage of this extraordinary hiring environment. Read Full Story

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How to explain résumé gaps after a layoff

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There’s no need to feel embarrassed or—worse—mislead hirers with false information because of 2020 hiatuses on your résumé. Unemployment has skyrocketed since the COVID-19 layoffs began earlier this year. With so many layoffs and furloughs, a common question we are asked during my company’s résumé-writing calls is, “How do I explain a COVID-19 related layoff on my résumé?” You don’t want to look like you were fired. The reality is, you were most likely laid off for reasons entirely out of your control . Read Full Story

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How to breathe new life into a tired résumé format

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Get comfortable adding some visual interest to your résumé’s appearance, without sacrificing the essential facts about your background. If you’re not getting results when sending out your résumé, it probably means it’s time for an overhaul. So how do you freshen things up and grab recruiters’ attention in today’s ever-changing job market? Read Full Story

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How to account for a gap caused by COVID-19 on your résumé

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With unemployment rates reaching an all-time high earlier this year due to the pandemic, lots of people have a gap in employment. Gaps in a résumé once were a red flag for employers, and job candidates have always been advised to have a solid reason for a period of unemployment. But with unemployment rates reaching an all-time high earlier this year due to the pandemic, chances are you may have had a job gap, too. Should you shrug it off? Or do you need to explain the gap on your résumé? Read Full Story

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The only résumé template you’ll need for 2021

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Ladders founder Marc Cenedella walks you through a résumé-writing exercise designed to showcase how you made the most of a bad year. Whatever career plans we hoped to achieve last year likely got torn up by the pandemic that also scrambled our economy. To get back on track for 2021, think about updating your résumé both to take advantage of opportunities presented by a vaccinated world and to defend yourself against the downsides of the coronavirus recession. Read Full Story

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These are the instances to go over 1 page with your résumé

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In some circumstances, your type of work and the job opening may merit a two-pager. The one-page résumé has long been considered the optimal approach for selling yourself in the modern job market. It’s normally enough to provide recruiters with sufficient information to prove your suitability, and it’s short enough to hold their attention when they are sifting through hundreds of applications . But are there any occasions when a one-page résumé just isn’t enough? Read Full Story

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