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Resume Tip Tuesday: Top 10 Resume Tips for 2014

Posted December 24, 2013

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Resume Tip Tuesday

The holidays are a perfect time to grab a cup of hot tea, bundle up and crack open your laptop to polish up your resume and cover letter.

So, while you’re busy ramping up your job search, here’s a handy guide to help you give your resume a nice competitive boost.

We thought it would be a good idea to reveal our top ten most important resume tips of our entire Resume Tip Tuesday series.

Regular readers, thank you so much for following our brand new weekly resume tip! The CareerBliss team wishes you a wonderful holiday and we hope that 2014 brings great things for you in your job search!

To start, use this as a checklist to give your resume a huge boost!

1. Toss Out These Filler Words

This post contains the most overused, boring words. Tossing them out will help you stand out amongst the other “team players” and “detail oriented” professionals.

2. Use 20 Resume Power Words (Sparingly)

These power words are a much better replacement to the tired, old words listed in No. 1. Remember to use them sparingly. Also, it’s a great idea to follow them up with an awesome achievement that exemplifies the power word.

3. Why You Should Not Use a PDF

Not many people know this, but your resume format could work against you. Read why PDF is not a great format and what you should use instead.

4. You Don’t Need to Meet 100% of Qualifications  

Here’s another little known fact—if you’re an overall great fit, some managers are willing to overlook the fact that you are missing a qualification. Read why straight from hiring managers.

5. What Makes a LinkedIn Bio Great?

It’s hard to write about yourself. This post helps you create a great bio—step-by-step.

6. How to Write the Perfect Skills Section

According to one resume expert, the Skills section gives you total control over how employers see you. Learn how to write a flawless skills section.

7. 7 Ways to Show You’re an Over Achiever

It’s hard to reflect just how particular your attention to detail, drive and motivation is on just a 1-page piece of paper. These seven tips can help you really stand out and show employers how pristine your work ethic really is.

8.  Be Unexpectedly Generous in Your Cover Letter

Learn about this solid, unique tactic to spice up your cover letter.

9. How to Create Striking Bullet Points

Every bullet point should be more striking than the last. Here’s how to make sure your bullet points are impressive and substantial.

10. Can You Apply to Multiple Jobs at the Same Company?

Finally, a concrete answer to the question that can potentially improve your chances of getting a job at your favorite company!

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Ritika Trikha

Ritika Trikha is passionate about scoping out top-notch job advice in the career-sphere to help you find a job you love. Ritika has 99 problems but an unhappy career isn’t one! She’s a writer and an optimist (and Jay Z’s No. 1 fan). When Ritika’s not writing stellar advice articles, she’s obsessing over social media. Connect with her via CareerBliss Tumblr, Pinterest and Google+! Contact Ritika at ritika.trikha@careerbliss.com.

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