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Think of Your Resume Like a Google Search Results Page – and 4 More Prep Tips

Think of Your Resume Like a Google Search Results Page – and 4 More Prep Tips
From Recruiter - October 13, 2016

When it comes to looking for a new job, the hardest part isnt the actual huntits what happens as you prepare for the hunt. In particular, writing a great resume can be an incredibly stressful feat.

Think about it: Youre asked to put an entire summary of your professional life down on paperbut it must fit on one or two pages, or it wont be read. It must be 100 percent accurate, or you could be fired by your future employer. It must tell the story of your every career victory, or no one will take you seriously. It must not make you look too old or too young, or you could be perceived as incompetent. Oh, and it should be up to datealways. You never know when someone might ask for it.

For these reasons, its often easier to help someone else with their resume than it is to begin to revise your own. But when you do begin, there are a few important things to keep in mind:

1. Theres No One Way to Write a Resume

Every person has their own opinion of how resumes should look, so its unlikely everyone will love yours. Find a layout you like and solicit friends for feedback. If each person is giving you the same feedback, listen. If nine out of 10 people love your resume and number 10 doesnt, listen to the first nine.

2. Think of Your Resume Like a Google Search Results Page

When youre searching for something on Google, you only read down far enough to get what you need. Hiring managers are the same way. Theyll scan your resume and stop at thepoint when they feel like they know enough about you. Be sure the most important things are listed first.

3. Minimize Distractions

If youre concerned about your age, remove your college graduation year. Consider cuttingyour early jobs that no longer apply. Use an up-to-date email address by staying away from AOL and Comcast emails. If youre applying at an organization that is not affiliated with a particular religion or political group, consider reducing indirect references tofaith or political party as much as possibleif not cutting them altogether.



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