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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
What can you really take away from seeing exactly how recruiters actually look at a resume? Quite a bit, even if the technology doesn't quite ring true to you. Alexander Fowler, a resume writer and consultant with 15 years’ experience, said he designs with a 15-20-second skim in mind. He avoids large blocks of text, which will not get read. He refuses to put objectives and references on resumes, because they take up valuable eye space. And he breaks up the document into easily distinguished sections (with bold, left-focused headings): summary, skills list, certifications/awards/licenses, and experience/education. Or get even simpler, as Ryan O. Emge suggested on our Facebook query on resumes: "Single-line case studies organized as a bulleted list."