If you’re thinking about taking a new step in your career, crafting the perfect resume is probably the first thing on your mind. Luckily for everyone, the process doesn’t have to be so tedious anymore.

Statistics have shown that hiring managers around the world usually look for some basic things when searching for the most competitive resumes among job seekers.

Here are our top 10 tips to remember when creating yours!

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1. Keep it to one page

If a hiring manager is spending more than six seconds looking at your resume, he or she might not even bother flipping to the second page.

2. Send your resume as a PDF file

This freezes it as an image and ensures that your hiring manager sees a clean, nicely crafted resume.

3. Remember your tenses!

Nothing irks employers more than a resume with poor grammar. If a position on your resume was upheld in the past, use the past tense. Apply this rule with present and future jobs/engagements as well.

4. Consistency is key.

As with grammar and tenses, let your resume’s format be consistent throughout. If one title is underlined, the other titles should be underlined as well.

5. Quantify as much as you can

 Numbers, percentages, and supporting facts go a long way in showing all that you have achieved in your previous places of work.

6. Don’t just include any and everything in your resume!

Ensure that your list is strictly inclusive of jobs and experiences that are relevant to the position you’re applying for.

7. Focus on accomplishments.

In each of the jobs you list on your resume, be sure that you include the special things you did to set yourself apart during your time there!

8. Use a reverse-chronological format.

It is always a good idea to list your work history with the most current positions before working your way backward.

9. Highlight relevant skills up front.

Try to catch the reader’s eye in the first third of your resume by highlighting skills that are relevant to your field first.

10. Use your own words

It may be tempting to copy and paste sentences from the internet unto your resume, but what makes you think that millions of people aren’t already doing that? Take your time instead to employ powerful, action-oriented language that will easily communicate your unique attributes to the employer.

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