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Recruiter Tip of the Month: How Should I Format My Resume?

Updated: Sep 12, 2023

How should I format my resume? As recruiters, it’s not uncommon to receive several hundred resumes per role we’re working on. I find that candidates will format their resume in a “flashy” way to catch my attention. While I appreciate the effort that’s put into it, it’s not actually helpful or a good use of time for either the candidate or the recruiter.

To make your resume stand out:

• Keep it two pages or under. • Use bullet points to help organize your thoughts. • Use engaging language but don’t just use a thesaurus for every other word. • Use clear and concise formatting & language •Thoughtful descriptions, i.e. leave behind typical phrases such as “hard-working” or “self-motivated”

Lastly and most importantly, have friends, family, mentors, former coworkers, etc. read your resume and give you feedback!

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