Ten Ways to Write a Great Résumé

For IT workers and other professionals, the résumé may amount to the most career-critical writing you ever produce. Unfortunately, the résumé failure rate--which is surging now thanks to the wealth of computerized screeners that are quick to eliminate candidates--has been estimated as high as 99 percent. For starters, many résumés don't contain the proper keywords that can get your document in front of a human being who has a role in hiring. Second, a large number of résumés are wordy and full of irrelevant information that detracts from details that could get you the job. In addition, there often are many problems related to language, organization, clarity and general presentation. (Hint: The more concise and "clean" looking, the better. So think twice about using fancy fonts or an overload of bells and whistles.) To find out more, we turned to CareerBliss, a job-information hub that provides advice and resources related to employee morale. Finding a job can be a grinding, full-time job in itself, writes CareerBliss expert Ritika Trikha. So it's best to give yourself an early edge on competing candidates by using the following résumé best practices.

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