10 résumé tips to help you land a job

Whether you’re still in college or in the workforce looking for a new gig, this advice will help grab the attention of potential employers.

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Here’s an idea: Send your résumé the old-fashioned way—in the mail—along with emailing it. HR people rarely receive cover letters and hard copies of résumé in the mail anymore.

But before you drop it in the mail and hit send on the email, follow these tested résumé tips to ensure your credentials don’t land in the trash.

1. Proofread

Everyone knows it, and every career advisor says it, but résumé are still riddled with typographical or grammatical errors. Proofread, edit for proper tense, and check your formatting. Visit your campus career center or have a friend, professor, or trusted associate give your résumé a hard edit. A flawless, error-free résumé is essential.

2. Use bulleted lists rather than narrative paragraph form

Employers have limited time. Your accomplishments need to stand out quickly. Be sure to include a skills section that showcases your research, media monitoring, editing, and social media platform proficiencies.

3. Prepare for résumé scanners

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