Money Matters: Resume Tips That Set You Apart

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A lot of people are looking for a job and employers are finally starting to hire again.

But if you're sending out lots of resumes and not getting any calls for interviews when you may need to face the fact that your resume isn't doing the job.

Alison Green with US News and World Report has some tips on how to tune up your resume. Here's a list of what could be wrong.

1. IT'S GENERIC. If your resume reads just like dozens of other candidates', no employer is going to call you.

2. IT JUST LISTS DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES, NOT ACCOMPLISHMENTS. You need to show a track record of achievement.

3. IT'S FULL OF PARAGRAPHS RATHER THAN BULLETED LISTS. Employers will only skim your resume initially, not read it word for word. simple bullet points will stay with the reader, not long paragraphs.

4. IT LEADS WITH YOUR EDUCATION. Even though you've been out of school for a few years, it needs to be there -- but it goes below your work experience. That's what an employer really cares most about.

5. IT DOESN'T INCLUDE ALL DATES OF EMPLOYMENT. Employers want to know how long you were at each job and when. resumes without clear dates are an immediate red flag.

These are only half of the things Alison Green says you can avoid on your resume. For a complete list, follow the link below.


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