Any friend/colleague who hands me their resume has been.... like really bad at resumes. I think everyone's just bad at resumes. Landscape (wtf?) layout, leaving half a page empty, using colors of any kind (outside of a design role), and using more than a single page early in a career.

For each person's resume I redid, all using my template, they got the callbacks that eventually became their jobs within two weeks.

Biggest single thing you can do: SHORTEN THAT SUCKER.

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@r000t if you don't mind, I have a few tips as well. Please let me know your thoughts on these, as I intend to publish a blog post at some time.

For tech workers, I recommend two resumes. One is the "keyword garbage". The keyword garbage resume has all the details and everything, but is just basically a bullet page. Just jam all those technologies, commands, tools, whatever in there. I do recommend it still have sentence structure, but Its the resume for the bots(generally uploaded in text format), the ones that get recruiters to call you. Then you give the recruiter the short simple PDF resume when they call or email.

Whatever resume goes in front of the interviewer(and probably recruiter) better be two pages or less, especially early in your career. I have a 14 year career in IT and can fit it on 1.5 pages with room to spare. No-one cares what you did 10 years ago working for IBM, 2 bullets or less for those jobs, if you list them at all. Yes, I don't care if you rewrote the sorting algorithm in Sun Java at Sun Microsystems 12 years ago, I need to know what you are going to do for me if I hire you TODAY!

Jump around a lot over 10 years ago? "Various positions in the field, more details available", with a couple bullets of notable things, then be prepared to answer the questions that will be asked about that.

If you worked for a contractor/consulting firm and had a bunch of clients, name the contractor/consulting company rather than the clients unless you contracted for an extended period of time, and your resume would look empty without it.

LinkedIn, fill that sucker up, everyone wants a real resume anyways, so its best as a keyword storage system for all your experiences and softwares and tools. Beware they also scarf up your data though... So if you are concerned about privacy.... Well, its going to limit you.

Another tip, as I have reviewed a lot of resumes, for the love of god, only put things on your resume you actually want to do... If you don't want to work on SharePoint, leave that crap out, please! I don't care if it was a major bullet at a previous job, only put what helps you get the job you want. Put something like " wiki software" instead, or "collaborative tool" if its that important of a bullet. If I have to talk to another person about a piece of technology they have on their resume and never want to work on again, I may just end the interview then and there.

Please do a spell and grammar check. Using the wrong "there" on a resume is a god damn red flag. This is supposed to be your brand, I don't care wtf you type like in slack, but that resume needs to be proofread well. Get a literary friend to do it. Same goes for tool names. Its not terro-form, or teraform, or tiero-form (yes, I have seen all three). Not sure how these resumes even made it to my desk to be honest, because the keyword search my recruiter did isn't going to pick up any of that crap.

Lastly, consider tailoring the resume for the listing. This can help connect the dots for recruiters and interviewers. This is in-case you see a position you really want, read the listing, then change your resume to have the same keywords (if you have some experience that matches) with your OWN sentence structure and order. Great time to edit your headline/profile actually. Keep a copy of this tailored resume so you can refer to it during the interview.
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