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Even though it is not literally a person, your resume speaks. Loudly. It tells people everything they need to know about potentially hiring you. Related: Why Everyone Needs A Resume – Even YOU Say one of these four things and the answer is likely to be “no:”

“I'm Boring”

Longtime YII readers will recognize this oft-repeated refrain coming from me. It is the cardinal sin of resumes. No personality, no pizzazz. ZZZZZ... “Next, please!”

“I'm Careless”

One typo can be ignored. A bunch of them says something about the quality of your work. Not formatting your resume so it is pleasing to the eye is also a no-no. Put some TLC into this vital document, people!

“I Don’t Know Where I’m Going”

Regurgitating your entire career history without editing or shaping the document leaves it to the reader to interpret your career path. Don’t make the reader work that hard! If you want to be a Story Editor, write your resume so that it highlights the relevant jobs and relevant duties from those jobs you have had in the past that qualify you for the Story Editor position. Use the job description for the position you want to help you identify what to include from your career history.

“I Don’t Know When To Stop Talking”

Ten bullet points for each position and over-long resumes overall are also no-nos. And don’t think widening the margins all the way to the edges of the page makes it all better. Have the appropriate-length resume for your career length and edit, edit, edit. In summary, especially in a competitive job market in an always-competitive field, you want to give yourself the best advantage on paper to get you the interview that will get you the job. The last thing you want is a recruiter or hiring executive looking at your resume and deciding to set it aside for later, not to mention dropping it into the “no” pile. Make it compelling, carefully-crafted, directed, and as short as it can be while still properly promoting you for the position you seek. You want your resume to sing your praises, not stick its foot in its mouth. This post was originally published at an earlier date.

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