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3 Valuable Tips for Writing an Effective Résumé

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Nicole Fallon, assistant editor over at Business News Daily, provides 10 helpful tips for writing your résumé in a way that will make potential employers notice you. We present the first three in this post, and we’ll cover the rest over the next couple of posts.

1. Tailor Your Keywords

According to Fallon, “Most employers use applicant-tracking systems to identify qualified candidates. Make sure you're showing up on their radar by using the right keywords on your application materials.”

There are a few ways to do this, she continues, including crafting each résumé you send in a way that is specific to the job for which you’re applying and examining the job description for keywords that you can use in the résumé.

2. Keep It Concise

Yes, you’ve heard correctly, Fallon writes. Unless you’re “a mid- or senior-level applicant…one page is a good rule of thumb.”

The goal, Elizabeth Hall of Trello, said is for the “recruiter, team lead, developer, or CEO…to be able to skim it and get the gist.”

And Cristin Sturchio of Cognolink advises that you “save the detail for the interview. If it takes a hiring manager too long to figure out what you did, he or she will likely move on.”

3. List Your Social Media Profiles

“It's a well-known fact that many hiring managers today search for potential candidates on social networks,” Fallon writes. “Save them a step by providing your profile links on your résumé. Seasoned applicants with an existing professional social presence would do well to include URLs for their LinkedIn profile, Twitter account and blog, if applicable.”

However, there’s a caveat to this, author Richie Frieman, who wrote “Reply All [And Other Ways to Tank Your Career],” told her. Your social-media accounts had better be “filled with professional posts pertaining to your industry…” Only then can “…listing them on your résumé…be advantageous. They can show you have a strong network and are up to speed with modern-day marketing and communications practices. The hiring manager will see that you like to keep up with what's happening, and that you care about learning more.”

As physicians and advanced practitioners who are looking for jobs, what are some ways in which you try to make your résumé catch an employer’s eye?

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