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Our 4 Favorite Resume Hacks

Believe it or not, but we love resumes. We love their usefulness, their flexible nature, and the fact a resume gets you hired (who doesn’t love that?).

Since we’re all about resumes and we’re just a smidge nerdy, we’ve naturally come up with our very own set of resume hacks that are handy to just about anyone who has submitted a resume online.

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Why would I hack my resume?

A person doesn’t initially review your resume when you submit it to a company (eyes on you, big, scary companies!). Chances are, some type of HR software, affectionately known as an “applicant tracking system”, reviews it. This system is usually what sorts large quantities of applications into the initial ‘yes’ and ‘no’ categories. While they are designed to prioritize the most qualified applicants, the system is still flawed. Here are four ways you can help your resume into the ‘yes’ pile:

Link it up

Any online resume should take advantage of web-tastic tools like hyperlinks. Using hyperlinks allows you to cheat the one-page rule by giving employers access to even more content than what meets the eye. Use bit.ly to create an embedded link so it’s parsable for software.

Count on it

Just like our favorite vampire, we love using numbers in our resumes. Numbers give an undisputed account of a certain accomplishment and are attractive to HR software. Put a number in your first bullet point under any position you held. Phrases such as “…saved $1 million” and “…closed 13 new accounts” are golden.

Working search terms

Out of work? Get your resume to the top of the stack by including “in work” search terms. It’s not lying, fibbing, or even fudging if you include phrases such as “analyzed current events” or “presented to management”, but it will get on the right side of any HR software.

De-routine

When people ask you about notable points your job, you probably neglect to mention the more routine parts of your position. Just because you do it everyday doesn’t mean that it’s not notable to other people. A little self-aggrandizement can go a long way.

What do you think? What other resume hacks can you think of? How helpful do you find resume hacks? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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