We asked pro resume coaches to name 1 thing they wish everyone knew
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- We asked professional résumé writers and career consultants for one thing people know about crafting a résumé that will land the job.
- Small mistakes on a résumé can be off-putting to recruiters.
- A strong résumé should answer the "so what?" question and give context to past experiences.
- Experts also say a résumé should be persuasive, not boastful.
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Résumés: Nobody likes writing them.But unless you're, say, a cranberry bog harvester or a deep sea fisherman, chances are you're going to need one. Advertisement
The art of writing the perfect résumé, however, is a mysterious one. There are countless small variables to consider. And opinions on what you should and shouldn't put on a résumé vary drastically. Should you include your date of college graduation? Some would say absolutely. Others would say that's a rookie mistake.
So where is a hapless job seeker to turn for solid advice on what makes a great CV? To the experts, of course. In an effort to dispel the shroud of mystery - and anxiety - that shrouds crafting a résumé for many people, we tapped a group of professional career coaches and résumé writers for the one thing they wish job applicants knew about résumés.Here's their best advice.
"Make sure your resume doesn't read like a job description"
"I wish people knew how off-putting small mistakes are"Advertisement
"A résumé needs to be clearly focused"
You shouldn't include "too much styling"Advertisement
"You'd be surprised at how many candidates forget the basics"
"Keep it clean"Advertisement
"I wish everyone knew that recruiters are also humans"
"You can get creative with your resume"Advertisement
"It's all about persuasion"
"Share some of your interests"Advertisement
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