Recruiters only read your resume for about six seconds before moving on. If you’ve been unemployed for an extended period, or you’re fresh out of school looking for work experience, your resume may be so bare that six seconds is long enough. Here’s how to spice it up with useful data that will help you land a job.
If you’re like most people these days, your resume is packed with jobs that you’ve held, sometimes for months, maybe for a few years at a time, and then it shows you moved on to a new position or a new company. Even though the reality of the working world today is that people change jobs frequently, interviewers still want to see stability in their candidates. You can have it both ways.
Before your resume gets in the hands of someone who can actually hire you, it may well pass through screening software designed to weed out the “good” resumes from the “bad”. Besides carefully crafting your resume to get past those screeners, you may also need to format your resume so it doesn’t trip up the software.
Dear Lifehacker, I am currently job hunting and looking to improve my resume. I’m a modest person and find it difficult to big note myself, particularly when it comes to writing my CV. Consequently I’ve looked into CV/resume writing services, which seem to range from cheap and dodgy to expensive and dodgy (some of the sites refer to save your CV to a floppy!) Do you know of any reputable services to help me get my CV into shape so I can get out of my current role? Thanks, Tough Sell