A one-size-fits-all approach doesn't work for resumes, according to Terry Craig, who teaches a resume-writing course at Wake Technical Community College in North Carolina. Instead, resumes should be tailored to use key words and phrases from job postings that will be picked up by word search software, suggests Lynn E. Kavcsak, director of human resources development at the college. Also, employers only scan a resume for a few seconds so a catchy qualification summary is key, Craig says. "Everyone looks the same on an 8-1/2-by-11-inch piece of paper. You want to make your resume [stands] out."
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