Five quick tips for building a job-winning resume

If your resume isn't generating the kind of interest you were hoping for, it may be time to analyze where it's falling short and retool it with the help of some field-tested pointers.

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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By Toni Bowers

Toni Bowers is the former Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.