What Gives a Résumé the Thumbs Up?

I see many lists of résumé “Do’s and Don’ts” that give advice that doesn’t jibe with my experience, so I was gratified to see the list in PRNews that included some of my top considerations.  Considering that hiring managers generally decide within 30 seconds or less whether a resume should get further consideration, getting this tool right can open – or close – a door quickly.

On the “Do” side, I like to see accomplishments highlighted, a logical chronology, no more than two pages and volunteer work included.

On the “Don’t” list, I’m turned off quickly by being vague, providing a detailed laundry list of your tasks in each job, and sending a résumé without a cover letter (my special pet peeve!).

Share some of the things that grab your interest, as well as your turn-offs, so we can share them with job seekers and freelancers.

About Kate Perrin

Kate Perrin is CEO of PRofessional Solutions, LLC, the Washington, DC area's only public relations temporary staffing firm. PRofessional Solutions, founded in 1994, was named one of the 25 largest staffing agencies in the metropolitan area in 2015 by the Washington Business Journal. It's also proud sponsor of Washington Women in Public Relations and the Public Relations Society of America's National Capital Chapter.
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2 Responses to What Gives a Résumé the Thumbs Up?

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