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The International Career Institute shares tips on how to get your resume noticed in less than a minute


A resume can take hours or even days to prepare, so your frustration is understandable when a potential employer simply stashes yours after a mere fifteen seconds of looking at it. All the effort spent finding the perfect words to describe your skills, choosing format and font style to match and even asking a friend to proofread for you would suddenly feel futile.

Donít take it personally as according to a recent national survey, most hiring managers admit to spending no more than a minute reading a CV. However, take this as a challenge; craft a resume that begets positive attention within the first fifteen seconds of browsing. To help you with that, the International Career Institute, a leading provider of distance learning courses, shares these tips:

Ditch the cookie-cutter resume

Your resume shouldnít look and feel generic. It should highlight why you, and not anyone else, fits the position. And if you are applying for different jobs, make sure that you have more than one version of your resume. A common mistake applicants make is creating a one size fits all CV. Like many career consultants and hiring managers, the International Career Institute suggests going the extra mile, it will pay off.

Use more buzz, more action words

Words are powerful and few realize this more than a jobseeker. Learn how to get rid of trite adverbs and adjectives and incorporate more nouns and action words in your resume. Find keywords or terms relevant in performing the job as well as action words like accomplished, conceptualized and resolved. When correctly used to start a sentence, these words guarantee attention and results.

Quantify achievements

Nothing can entice employers to hire you more than a list of significant achievements, but the International Career Institute suggest that you back up your claims, specifically with numbers and examples. For instance, if you stated that you have successfully completed a project, cite how much the company saved in money or time. You can also mention how you exceeded company goals and how you rank against your officemates.

Keep it short and snappy

Itís not unusual for employers and HR managers to receive tons of application for a single job vacancy so cut to the chase and make your pitch using the least number of words possible. More often than not, only the last five years of your career matter to employers. Delete information that wonít help. A page or two should be enough. Lastly, edit and proofread. Donít underestimate typos and spelling errors.


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