• Customize Your Resume for each Job OpeningIf you are not customizing your resume to each job opening, you are missing the perfect opportunity to ensure that your resume will land in the hands of the right recruiter.
  • It is vital that in today's job market that every resume include similar keywords that appear in targeted job descriptions, increasing the chances that a candidate will be found highly compatible with an open position.
  • Make sure that these keywords reference specific job requirements: mention specific skill sets, software and technology competencies, previous employers, and relevant credentials.
  • Prioritize content so that your most important and relevant experience is listed first, with key accomplishments listed at the top. Candidates often mistakenly list important data in the lower sections of their job descriptions. As you compile statements for your resume, prioritize them by importance, noteworthiness and relevance to the job.
  • Include a concise headline about yourself and the type of position you seek near the top of your resume that is matched to your targeted position and goes beyond generic phrases such as "seeking challenging job in a fun yet hard-working environment." Recruiters look at many resumes every day and yours needs to stand out in a professional, no-nonsense way that shows you have taken the time and interest to pursue a specific opening.
  • Go Social Employers are increasingly looking in many different online places for talent, including Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, and other social networking sites. Make sure when you are in the market for a new job you use all of your online profiles to help position yourself as an ideal job candidate.
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