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Résumés: What You Must—and Must Not—Include

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2016-08-04 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Hiring managers spend only five to seven seconds looking at résumés, so you need to make a good impression quickly, while avoiding traps that turn off HR pros.
 

Job seekers in the digital age face good news/bad news prospects when it comes to résumés. The good news? It's easier than ever to send a résumé, as nine out of 10 are now posted online or sent via email, up from 22 percent in 2000. The bad news? Hirers now spend an average of only five to seven seconds looking at these documents. The upshot: You need to make a good impression quickly, while avoiding résumé traps that immediately turn off potential employers. To provide insight into best practices, Glassdoor has come up with a list of résumé must haves, which we've adapted here, that cover everything from awards to IT certifications to your Facebook page. Essentially, Glassdoor's tips encourage job candidates to go beyond a listing of schools attended and positions held to drive toward clear, vivid summaries about your ability to make an impact. In addition to the must haves, Glassdoor also compiled a list of words you should never use in a résumé—including clichés and other well-worn buzz phrases—and we've included some of those here.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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