5 for Friday: Resume Tips Edition

This week’s 5 for Friday rounds up useful articles highlighting resume tips.

  • 12 Myths About Writing Your Resume. Forbes: “Myth: Fancy formatting matters. As it turns out, it doesn’t. “Many of the resume parsers used by job-apply services will destroy any formatting you use on your resume,” Bollinger says. “Even bullets on a resume can sometimes cause encoding problems. The best format to use is the simplest.”
  • Spring Clean Your Resume! Mashable: “The first step is to remove the ancient history from your resume. As a rule, you should only show the most recent 10 to 15 years of your career history and only include the experience relevant to the positions to which you are applying. Along similar lines, you should remove skills, affiliations, and certifications that are no longer relevant.”
  • Resume Hail Marys. US News & World Report: “Physical attractiveness matters—probably too much—in and out of the workplace. So if your mug shot makes a pretty picture, you might include one on your resume. It should be a head-and-shoulders shot in which you’re looking alive, connecting. Here’s a trick: Look into the lens as though that lens was a friend you just ran into.”
  • Tips to Tone Down Your Resume for Better Results. Fox Business: “While brilliant, nuanced and attention-grabbing resumes are vital to set you apart from the competition, defining how to color outside the lines while maintaining a message that is crisp, clear and purposeful to your audience is equally vital.”

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