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What employers look for in a resume

There are 7 key areas that employers evaluate when looking at a resume:

  • Organization and Layout
  • Accomplishments
  • Job Fit/Customization
  • Language and Grammar
  • Job/Company Knowledge
  • Accuracy
  • Basic Information

After answering a few short questions, our free resume guide measures your know-how across these 7 key areas so that you can write a more effective resume.

Tips for writing an effective resume

  • Choose the right format

    • Chronological - If you have a solid work history.
    • Functional - if you have less experience, work gaps, or frequent job changes
    • Hybrid - for career changers, since it combines chronological and functional
  • Create a clean design
    Use a layout that doesn't distract from the content of the resume--one that is simple, clear and logical.
  • Be specific
    Numbers and percentages are convincing to employers. Use measurable results when possible.
  • Be concise
    Don't include everything you've ever done in your resume. Keep focused on your most relevant skills and experience.
  • Be consistent
    Stick to either past or present tense. Don't mix your tenses and send a sloppy message.
  • Use action words
    Passive verbs suck the life right out of a resume. Do say, "Developed a content database." Don't say, "A content database was developed."

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