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Ten Résumé Dos and Don'ts

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2015-07-09
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    Ten Résumé Dos and Don'ts

    Ten Résumé Dos and Don'ts

    By Dennis McCafferty

A résumé has to impress a potential employer, and it has to do so quickly. Recruiters spend, on average, only five to seven seconds initially reviewing a résumé, according to industry research. And while no one expects an IT professional to command extraordinary written communications skills, you should use your résumé to present a compelling case for yourself as a job candidate. That means every word matters. With this in mind, here are 10 résumé dos and don'ts. These guidelines were compiled from several articles posted by Glassdoor, the jobs and company review site. They address the need to emphasize career accomplishments that illustrate the tangible impact you made on company goals, as opposed to providing fuzzy descriptions about being a "hard worker." Glassdoor also advises you to avoid fancy visuals and meaningless buzzwords, which only serve to cloud the actual value you can bring to an organization. In addition, the guidelines underscore the need to establish complete transparency with respect to your work history: Attempts to misrepresent a bad job experience usually backfire.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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