TopResume career consultant: 7 things to take off your resume
Augustine highlights the importance of keeping a resume simple and straightforward. “I can understand the temptation to jazz yours up with pretty fonts, colors, and design,” she says. “However, recruiters typically spend about six seconds reviewing a resume before deciding if you’re worth their time.”
As a result, they need a document that’s easily scannable, especially if it’s being put through an “electronic screen known as “an applicant tracking system.” With different formatting and other “bells and whistles,” Augustine says it may mess up the scanner, which can cause issues during the review process.
As she puts it, “let your skills and experience speak for you — don’t distract the recruiter with funky design elements.”
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