The 3 Iron Clad Rules of Resume Writing

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by Donna Svei on November 8, 2010

  1. No lies.
  2. Include information that gets interviews.
  3. Exclude information that doesn’t get interviews.

No need to over-intellectualize it. Stick to those three rules and you can’t go wrong.

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Joye November 9, 2010 at 10:37

I think it’s a little more complicated than this over-simplified explanation. For instance, how do you determine what information to include that will get interviews, and determine what does NOT need to be included? The trick here is to understand those details, which means that you understand the specific needs of that hiring manager who reviews your resume. Ultimately, that takes a mind reader who knows the specific hiring manager’s needs. Not so simple.

Donna Svei aka AvidCareerist November 9, 2010 at 10:41

That’s fair Joye.

See “4 Ways to Perfectly Tailor Your Resume” here: Then be sure your resume meets the three tests above before you hit the “send” button.

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