FUEL YOUR RÉSUMÉ WITH ACTION KEYWORDS

Think of a job posting as a gift. The prospective employer has literally shared with you the experience, skills, and education being sought in qualified candidates. The greater the match between your résumé and the job description, the higher the probability of being selected for an interview. And, keywords narrow the qualifying gap.

The one-résumé-does-all with the generic cover letter, like Elvis, have left the building. You have to:

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RÉSUMÉ CRINGE FACTORS

Always tell the truth. Even if you make it through the Applicant Tracking Software, aka ATS, there are other credibility check-points for dates of employment, job titles, and gaps, to name just a few. Use a cover letter, not a cover-up, to address in a positive way any job candidacy issues.

Nothing tests a hiring manager’s patience more than those often seen résumé mistakes which, for just a little bit of time and attention on the writer’s part, could lower the reader’s stress level and further the candidate’s cause. Here are some of the most annoying résumé cringe factors that don’t seem to go away:

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RÉSUMÉ GROUND RULES

The Number 5 is commonly referred to as the number of humanity. Human beings have five fingers, five toes, five appendages (if the head is included), five senses, and five major systems of the body. It should therefore be of no surprise that there are 5 résumé ground rules that you need to pay attention to:

1-The goal of every résumé is singular: TO GET THE INTERVIEW

2-The focus should be on ACHIEVEMENTS

3-You need to adapt your resume to every opportunity you apply for

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