Updating an old resume

To capture the hiring manager’s attention, start your resume with a short professional synopsis that states your years of experience, job history, and big career achievements.

Instead of labeling the section a “summary,” use the header to highlight your area of expertise, says Enelow.

You want to show what you can do for an employer, not what they can do for you, says Sam Nolan, a professional resume writer and the blogger behind the career advice column “Dear Sam.” “A qualification summary should take up the most valuable real estate on your resume,” Nolan says.

“The point is to highlight what you can’t afford a potential employer to miss …

“Having a Yahoo, AOL, or education-based email address makes you look like you’re living in the past,” says Christy Hopkins, human resources consultant at Fit Small Business.

If you’ve still got an objective section underneath your header, dump it.

To conserve space use bullet points, active verbs, and industry-specific acronyms, and don’t state the obvious (e.g., including “references available upon request”).

From head shots to QR codes to company logos, it’s hard to tell which extras will get your application noticed, and which will get you tossed out of the running.

Add a clean, modern design and some descriptive storytelling, and you’re well on your way to landing at least an interview — if not a whole new gig.

Depending on the industry, you can distinguish your resume by punching up the design, but exercise caution: a graphic artist, for example, has more creative leeway than an accountant.

Enelow’s co-author Louise Kursmark recommends using color to make your resume unique.

“In today’s job market, your resume needs to immediately stand out,” says Dawn Bugni, a professional resume writer in Wilmington, N. Attention spans are at an all-time short, with hiring managers spending just six seconds looking at a resume before deciding whether the applicant is worth further consideration, a recent study by The Ladders found.

(That’s if a human looks at it at all; before your application even reaches a hiring manager, it usually has to make it past an automated applicant tracking system.) As hiring continues to increase, job seekers will face stiff competition this year.

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