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RULE 1: Custom Design for a Specific Offer.
CUSTOM DESIGN each resume for a SPECIFIC OFFER.
Send the same generic document to every recruiter or HR manager in a shotgun approach, and you’ll never hear from anybody, ever.
RULE 2: Make it Easy to Scan.
Make sure the layout of your resume is EASY TO SCAN, from top to bottom.
On the average, the person reading it has 15 seconds to decide whether you are an interesting candidate or not. If they can scan it easily, you have a better chance of avoiding the slush pile.
Here is an EASY TO SCAN RESUME sample:
RULE 3: Spell Out Your Achievements.
Include as many facts as possible without neglecting any of your job-specific ACHIEVEMENTS.
QUALIFICATION (schools, certification, etc.) are NOT as important as ACHIEVEMENTS.
Qualification is a POTENTIAL for high performance. An achievement is an actual track record of high performance. Give them PROOF of high performance by listing all your RELEVANT achievements, but nothing more.
Don’t break these rules.