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By Kevin Purdy | 04-23-2012 | 8:53 AM
Crafting Your Resume For The Era Of Inattention
Draft a resume from your existing LinkedIn profile.
Think of your resume as lingerie.
Get the job—and the company—keywords in there.
Avoid Microsoft Word (and Pages, and LibreOffice, and so on).
Leave room for lots of white space.
Put companies, positions, and dates on their own lines.
Absorb the lessons of the 6-second scan.
Visualize your work history.
Don't include a headshot. Do not do it.
Typefaces, weights, and other font choices
Despite all of the futuristic ways there are to land a job, you still have to have a resume--even if nobody cares about it. The people who are in a position to hire you often give your resume about six seconds, or toss it mercilessly through a corporate keyword scanner. But it's still easier than heading to every applicant's personal website or LinkedIn profile, and a resume shows how serious your intent is. So we're all stuck writing documents for people who definitely don't want to read all of them. It's time we started writing them that way. To help you deal with unexcited readers and indifferent machines, we sought advice from experienced resume writers, search-firm owners, human resources pros, and others who deal with these one-or-two-page sales pitches that mean earning a living or not. You'll learn about white space, dumb algorithms, smart shortcuts, and the other tools we must master to get get our foot in the door for an interview. Thanks to all our Facebook fans who offered suggestions for this article.