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Upgrade Your Job Hunt: 3 Quick Ways To Improve Your Resume

Mihir Patkar 05-11-2014

Your resume is key to landing that job interview. Technology can help check how readable your CV is, thus increasing your chances of making a good impression.


Of course, for this exercise, you’ll need to already have a resume ready. Our all-in-one guide to the perfect resume Your All-In-One Guide To Building The Perfect Resume Whether you just graduated, are returning to school or are looking for a new job, within or outside your career, you need a resume. But not just a resume. You need a great resume. One... Read More takes you through the steps, or you could just turn your LinkedIn profile into a CV 2 Tools To Turn Your LinkedIn Profile Into A Neat-Looking Resume LinkedIn isn't only good for networking. Those who maintain detailed LinkedIn profiles can turn them into informative online resumes to jump start their job search. There are a few handy tools that will both allow... Read More . Once you have the initial document, let’s check how good it is.

How Readable Is Your Resume?


Author Ernest Hemingway always had some solid advice for writers, chief among which was to phrase things more clearly, tighten your prose, and avoid unnecessary words. Someone decided to turn that advice into The Hemingway App, an online tool that analyzes texts and tells you how easy it is to read, as well as what changes could be made.

Unnecessarily complex sentences are highlighted in yellow or red (based on severity), adverbs in blue, words that could be simpler in purple, and passive voice in green. Plus, there is a “readability grade”. As The Daily Muse notes, aim for a grade below 10 for a clear and readable job application.

You can also download desktop versions of Hemingway for offline use, for $6.99 on Mac or Windows.


How Can You Use The Right Key Words In Your Resume?


So you have restyled your resume for instant results Restyle Your Resume For Instant Results On The Job Market Today, I'm not going to share with you the golden secret to resumés that will guarantee you the job. That would be stupid. However, I can guarantee that your resume will be ahead of a... Read More , but you still want to know what a recruiter is going to first see on your CV. That’s where a word cloud comes in.

You’ve probably seen a word-based tag cloud on several websites already. That’s what you’re doing here. Copy-paste your resume into an app like ABCYa or TagCrowd and it will create a cloud of words, with the size of the word depending on how many times it is repeated. While you’re at it, make sure you avoid these overused resume buzzwords 10 Overused Buzzwords You Should Remove From Your Resumé If you're looking to land a new job in 2014, you have to stand out from the crowd. Your resumé should pop. How do you achieve that? Stop using buzzwords. Read More .

In fact, WonderHowTo recommends reverse-engineering the process. Check out the job posting from the company and run it through a word cloud app. You’ll see which words they are looking for most often, and you can tailor your resume to reflect those. Smart, eh?


How Can You Make Your Resume Mobile-Friendly?


When you hand over an A4-sized printout of your CV, the hiring manager gets to glance through the whole thing. When you email your CV, he has to scroll through it. Your digital resume needs to be mobile ready, which means the most important information should come first.

A study by recruitment agency The Ladders [Broken URL Removed] found out how recruiters look at resumes and which items they notice the most. The survey says:

The study’s “gaze tracking” technology showed that recruiters spent almost 80% of their resume review time on the following data points:

  • name
  • current title/company
  • previous title/company
  • current position start and end dates
  • previous position start and end dates
  • education

So when you’re writing your resume, make sure that information comes at the top so that the hiring manager doesn’t have to search for it. You might even want to use an app like Sumry to make a mobile-friendly and good-looking resume Land A Job With A Résumé That Stands Out In The Crowd With Sumry Building a résumé is time-consuming. Sumry offers you an easy way to do something that stands out. But is it really better than a traditional résumé? Let's find out. Read More .


The Next Step

Now that your resume has been sent, it’s all about waiting for the job interview call. But don’t just waste that time. Instead, use it to research the company and prepare for any question 5 Tips To Research A Company Before You Sit Down For A Job Interview Companies aren't just looking for another grunt worker to add to their team - they want someone who's excited, motivated, and eager to contribute to said company's mission. You aren't the only one interviewing, so... Read More .

What other resume styling tips do you have for us? Do you use any specific tool to craft that perfect resume?

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  1. Nuno
    January 28, 2016 at 10:40 am

    This question is a little off, but is there an app/website similar to the Hemingway editor, but instead of focusing in simpler words and simple sentences, it is focused on scientific writing and detecting repetitions accross paragraphs?

    This is because I find the Hemingway useful, but I need something similar for writing academic papers and dissertations. Does anyone know something of that kind?

  2. Gerry
    November 5, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Here's a styling tip: when writing an article, run it through something like Hemingway to make sure it doesn't say things like "highlighted in yellow or read".

    • Mihir Patkar
      November 17, 2014 at 10:24 am

      Hahaha touche! Fixing, thanks :)

  3. medeacoccia
    November 5, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    The tip about Hemingway App is brilliant! Thanks for sharing!

    • Mihir Patkar
      November 17, 2014 at 10:23 am

      Any time, glad you liked it :)