1: Negotiate resume scanning software

Some common resume design elements — such as text boxes, headers, and extra space between letters — can prevent resume scanners from finding your name on the page. These simple steps will help keep your resume from falling into the scanner abyss.

2: Use punctuation to your advantage

See why you shouldn’t send a semicolon to do a bullet point’s job.

3: Don’t go overboard with formatting

One of the most common resume sins is to trick it up with lots of design flourishes — fancy rules, fussy fonts, and a distracting assortment of text formatting. Here’s a look at a better approach, along with visual examples.

4: Lead with your skill set

Learn why a skills-based resume might be your best bet, especially if your work history is a bit spotty. The accompanying example will get you started if you decide to give it a shot.

5: Hone your Job Objective statement

You may not always want to include an Objective in your resume — but when you do, you should make it a good one. Find out what works and what doesn’t.

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