New Résumé Rules For 2011!

<p>From the <a href="" target="new">Wall Street Journal blog</a>.<br /><br />The good old r&eacute;sum&eacute; ain&rsquo;t what it used to be. Here&rsquo;s a few pointers from the folks over at the Wall Street Journal on how to bring your r&eacute;sum&eacute; into the modern age.</p> <ol><ol> <li><strong>Embrace technology</strong><br />That means make sure your r&eacute;sum&eacute; document file has live email links in it (So if a recruiter has an emailed copy of your r&eacute;sum&eacute;, they just have to click on the link to email you, as opposed to copy and pasting the address). The same goes for LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a great professional networking resource, and providing a link to your LinkedIn profile allows recruiters to get a better sense of who you are, and learn about you more indepth.</li> <li><strong>Forget the one page rule</strong><br />If you&rsquo;re a fresh college grad and don&rsquo;t have a lot of experience, a one page r&eacute;sum&eacute; still makes sense, but it doesn&rsquo;t for someone with over a decade of experience. Don&rsquo;t be shy about spreading onto a second page, but make sure the first page has content that can wow the recruiter and pull them in to read more.</li> <li><strong>Avoid cliche words</strong><br />Bust out the thesaurus and avoid these massively overused buzzwords: &rsquo;team player&rsquo;, &rsquo;dynamic&rsquo;, &rsquo;motivated&rsquo;, &rsquo;problem solver&rsquo;, &rsquo;results-oriented&rsquo;. Blow your horn, and talk about some of the projects you worked on instead.</li> <li><strong>Looks count</strong><br />The aesthetic side of your r&eacute;sum&eacute; is still important. Avoid the boilerplate MS Word template, make sure the font and styling is consistent across the document. Also, spelling and grammar! There&rsquo;s no excuse for errors in your r&eacute;sum&eacute; in this day and age.</li> </ol></ol>

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