Upgrade Your Résumé

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Keep It Simple

It may be tempting to introduce fancy formatting and graphics to your résumé, but they can actually keep you from getting the job. Why? Ninety percent of companies use an applicant tracking system (ATS), which is like a virtual robot that “reads” résumés and sends the top applicants to HR. Borders, non-standard fonts (hint: Helvetica and Times New Roman are your friends), pictures and other graphics can render your doc unreadable by the system, and it won’t impress an HR pro if it never makes it to her pile.

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