17 Résumé Hacks to Land the Interview  

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It’s almost the new year, and that also means a fruitful time to apply for jobs. Buzzfeed contributor Caché Roberts gives us résumé dos and don’ts.  


1. Add bullet points

Unfortunately, many qualified candidates fall under the radar during the application process. Automated systems filter out résumés that don’t include certain keywords.  Include achievements 

2. Use keywords

Make sure your CV highlights your accomplishments to show that you are qualified.  

3. Make a meaningful file name 

Believe it or not, this actually matters. Instead of labeling the file Résumé, add your first and last name as well, but keep it under 24 characters.  

4. Use active voice 

5. Mix up vocabulary 

Mix up the verbs in your resume to set yourself apart from the other applicants.  

6. Proofread  

7. Include hyperlinks 

Include reference links to your writing or work samples.  

8. Keep it updated 

9. Be mindful of the format 

If you’re applying for a graphic design job, you would want to format your CV so that it shows off your design skills.  

10. Use language that highlights your achievements


1. Make your summary state the obvious 

2. Use photos 

If you’re not a model or an actor, ditch the headbshot.  

3. Use personal info 

Your address and age should not be on your CV. Recruiters just need to know what city you are in and what experience you have.  

4. Exceed one page 

5. Lie 

6. Include references 

7. Use an unprofessional e-mail address 

Read more about resume dos and don’ts on Buzzfeed.  

Indeed gives 8 resume mistakes to avoid.


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