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How to Develop a Winning Resume

It’s not easy to get into a good school and for jobs interviews can be nerve-wracking. Applying for financial aid can be stressful. Even after hours of research, it can be difficult to know where to begin. The process of developing a competitive resume can feel like playing an attribute-based game of make-believe. No amount of spending time on your appearance or researching industries will help if you don’t have the right stuff on display in the first place. It might seem like a small detail, but a poorly formatted resume can steal someone’s chance at becoming their potential future self. Here are seven things you need to include on your next job search that will help you win the hiring department’s heart and make your way up the corporate ladder.

Be clear, specific, and easy to read

If the hiring manager can’t read your resume, how can they understand you? If the color is important to you, make sure you choose a shade that contrast well with the other pages in your file. If you are using a resume as a career path, you don’t want to come across as too general or too specific. Make sure you leave room for employer to make a judgment call on your skills and abilities.

Display relevant experience

Many people make the mistake of including every experience they’ve ever had on their resumes. This is likely to come back to haunt you in the form of a major red flag if the hiring manager is unaware of your experience. Make it clear on your resume where experience comes into play and possibly highlight key achievements. It’s better to state on your resume that you have X experience than to include it on your LinkedIn profile, where it might sit untouched for several years.

Be simple, but comprehensive

The most important aspect of your resume may not be what you include on it at all. What you leave out can cause as much, if not more, of a problem for your career than what you include. In fact, a great deal of what’s on your resume may be irrelevant to the position you’re applying for. The hiring manager may not even notice if you leave out the most important information about yourself.

Be dynamic and exciting, not drab or staid

A great deal of resumes are dull, boring, and forgettable. You’re better off avoiding these types of topics altogether. Why overthink it when there is an easier way out? A great way to stand out as a candidate is to bring life and excitement to your resume. This could be in the form of an interesting project, interesting experience, or interesting part of your career.

Concluding thoughts

Resumes are the most important documents a job seeker will ever create. The information you put into it is what the hiring manager will decide if you are a good fit for their team. The freshest, most exciting, and most impactful resumes will get you the interview and ultimately secured a job offer. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, so make sure you’re picking the right document for the job. As with most things in life, it’s better to be too too too too (in this case, the too too too’s will come to you soon) than too too too little (in which case, you can see why this article is so important to read, right?).

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