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According to the Wall Street Journal, there are more dos and don’ts about resumes than ever before.
Some of the advice in “How to Make a Résumé That Works” has been around forever, and some of it is new-fangled and will be more appropriate for some industries than for others.
Highlights from the article and comments by readers:
Focus on your training and relevant work experience. Use the same keywords that are in the job description. Make sure the resume highlights quantitative data about your accomplishments and career progression.
Remember that most employers spend one minute, tops, on each resume. Be concise.
Consider including a QR code. Adding a bar code to a paper resume can send employers directly to online portfolios, additional application materials or detailed contact information. It also is a quick cue into your tech savvy. Include a short caption that explains what the QR code will go to. Here’s advice on how to make a quick QR code from the New York Times.
Concentrate on accomplishments within the past five to 10 years. That’s according to John Challenger, chief executive of outplacement consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas in Chicago. Don’t give equal weight to older work.
Consider using infographics. Graphics can be a good way to convey accomplishments at a job. Think about including in additional documents separate from the resume.
Mention awards or specific accomplishments. “You want to figure out how to stand apart from your peers with the same basic skills,” says Joanne Pokaski, director of workforce development at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, in the Journal article. “Did you create a new process for scheduling patients, reducing waste? A resume that says ‘You can count on me to get things done’ makes an applicant stand out.”
And, as always: make sure the document is free of spelling errors and grammar errors. It’s surprising how many resumes have those problems, says Glenn Shagena, director of manufacturing human resources at Chrysler Group, also in the Journal article.