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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
Actually, the key is to avoid all "word processing" programs as much as possible. For one thing, those monstrous resume-eating apps would really prefer something as close to a plain text file as possible. Even if an application calls for a Word .doc file, consider making it as non-Word-like as possible: simple headings, no margin tricks, and definitely no templates. Kelly Donovan, a certified professional resume writer, described Word's built-in templates as "ugly and ubiquitous." Career consultant Joy Montgomery noted that anyone's claims to be proficient in Word or other software fall apart when reviewers like her open the document and see multiple tabs used for justifying, variations of the "Normal" style, and so on. "It is really easy for anyone to see how you constructed your resume and really easy to be rejected when they see a mess," Montgomery wrote. If you want to get fancy, create a version that you only hand out to people in paper form, but always keep a pared-down, machine-ready version on hand.