Look at your current resume and answer these questions:

a. Do you still list your high school activities (Prom Queen is not a skill by the way)?
b. Are you using a comic sans font?
c. Is your resume three pages long?
d. Does every sentence begin with “I”?
e. Have you updated your resume in the past year?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, we’re afraid you need some resume help ASAP.

Let’s start with some truths about resumes: They are not read, at least not at first. Resumes are scanned, scored and sorted by prospective employers. A good resume is not really going to get you hired; it may, however, get you an interview. According to Tulane University’s resume writing tips, “Your resume is simply your written snapshot—a word picture of the unique combination of skills and qualities you offer an employer.” The goal is to get your resume noticed, to make it stand out in the pile. The job of your resume is to make HR forget all those other ones and call you in for an interview. So here some of our resume writing tips for you to chew on.

1. Lose the nonsense.
Get rid of the objective, for example.The objective is to get the job you are applying for, so don’t waste the reader’s time stating the obvious. Put those words to good use in the cover letter. The best resumes are short and factual. Let your personality shine through in the cover letter.

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