Posted By: Hayley Brown

You may not realize it, but your resume is telling people a lot more about you than just your work history and whether you're qualified for the position to which you applied.

Your resume also shows hiring managers whether or not you're organized and how well you pay attention to detail. It can indicate how long you stay with a job and even how interested you are in their company. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Your resume should be clear, concise and organized. Consensus generally suggests a resume should be about one to two pages, although for a position in the C-suite, such as chief executive officer, chief financial officer, analyst or professor, it may be longer.
  • Customize it to the position. Highlight the skills you have that match what they're looking for. It shows the hiring manager that you invested the time in tailoring your document specifically to them.
  • Buzz words. Incorporate language taken from the job ad and/or description. Feature responsibilities and accomplishments that complement the position for which you're applying.
HR managers are also looking at your job history, which could suggest you won't stay with a company long. Be prepared to address gaps and/or explain going from job to job to job in a short time.

If you don't have a lot of experience, find ways to highlight other skills, such as your computer expertise, problem-solving skills, fluency in other languages and so on. It's also OK to include volunteer work and internships if you're just starting to build your resume.

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