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Top Resume Tips for 2020

Updated: Feb 6, 2020

2020 brings a challenging job market worldwide. There is no "perfect" recipe for a resume, because no job seeker is like another, even if they have similar education and experience background.

Here are my resume tips for 2020:

  • Remember that your resume is the first impression you make on a potential employer.

  • Identify a clear job target.

  • Every application needs customization. Use the job advertisement as a guide for this.

  • The content of the resume should address the specific needs of a potential employer by showing your value and how you can help the company.

  • The resume header should indicate the job title you are interested in, not necessarily the current one.

  • Emphasize the career steps that are likely to help you represent the most appropriate choice from the employer's perspective.

  • It is not necessary to list your entire career path. The last 10-15 years of employment are relevant enough.

  • Recognize your unique value and show it in your resume.

  • Focus on achievements and share proof and results.

  • Use techniques like STAR, CARL or SOAR to quantify your metrics.

  • Use action verbs to engage the reader and showcase your skills.

  • Keep the bullet points on 2 to 3 lines.

  • Keywords should always match the job you are applying for

  • Use color to highlight different areas, but keep it simple.

  • Don’t try to hide or lie about a resume gap.

  • Follow the trends and requirements of modern resumes.

  • Make your resume ATS (Applicant Tracking System) compliant.

  • Choose an easily readable structure with clear delimitation.

  • Try to be succinct (2 pages is a perfectly acceptable average).

  • Consider your CV as a marketing tool for yourself.

  • Remember that recruiters can review your resume in seconds, so make sure you make an impact.

  • Use different job search strategies to ensure that your resume is seen by decision-makers.

It is also important for every job seeker to keep up with modern recruitment tools and to be informed about certain requirements and changes.

Remember that "less is more" in the new context of resume writing.

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