7.4 seconds. That’s the average length of time you’ve got to impress recruiters before they toss your resume into the slush pile. Each job opening receives about 250 applications on average.

In other words, you need to GYST if you want to stand a chance against your competition.

But how can you hold recruiters’ interest, make your resume stand out, and increase your chances at landing an interview?

Take a gander at these 4 articles to learn how to write a killer resume.

#1. How to write a resume: free e-book + resume examples for 2019


by Glenn Carter

Carter gives step-by-step instructions to help you learn how to write a killer resume in 2019. The ebook also features some handy resume templates and resume writing advice from industry experts.


A good template isn’t enough to keep your resume on top of the heap. Customize your resume to highlight your relevant skills. And for the sake of all that is good and true, proofread, proofread, proofread!

#2. 25 Best Resume Secrets Employers Will Never Tell You


by Wade Thiel

Read this article to find out what recruiters really think of your resume. Thiel’s candid and helpful advice tells you just what to do (and what not to do) to earn more than a passing glance from hiring teams.


Don’t be afraid of making multiple resumes. Craft documents that are specific to the companies and positions you are applying to. Gather relevant information and use it to pepper your resume with specific keywords, and you’ll have a better chance of dazzling the hiring manager.

#3. Resume Secrets Exposed


by Gavin F. Redelman

Check out chapters 3, 4, and 5 of this ebook for an in-depth look at how to make your resume stand out with style. There’s even a chapter on how to pen a worthy cover letter, a skill every job seeker needs to have on deck.


Quantify your successes with the use of numbers as evidence of your accomplishments. Also, highlight your skillset and achievements with strategically placed power words to capture the recruiter’s attention.

#4. What Is an ATS? How to Write a Resume to Beat the Bots


By Amanda Augustine

This article doesn’t exactly tell you how to write resumes so much as it gives you the low down on what’s up with the applicant tracking systems 95% of companies use to collect, sort, scan, and rank resumes.


For all of your good intentions, sometimes a bot will keep your resume from ever being seen by human eyes. Make sure your resume is full of descriptive action words backed up with numerical proof AND formatted to be applicant tracking system-compliant.

Here are some other noteworthy reads:

How to Write a Professional Resume – 2019 Guide

CareerOneStop’s Resume Guide

The truth about lying on resumes

Eye-Tracking Study

Resume Secrets: Writing Resumes that Get More Job Interviews

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