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Discussion on: Six Principles Your Resume Should Follow - So Recruiters Will Read It

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Ashley Sheridan

I often see the advice to tailor the resumé to fit the job you're applying for, but I have to disagree. Almost every job post I see is a template sent out by recruiters that copy/pastes in a few details (sometimes so obviously that those details are in a different font!)

A developer, when deciding to move jobs, may actually be applying for many positions at a single time, so tailoring an individual resumé for each one is time consuming ontop of the already large amount of time that is required to apply for a job and go through the appliction processes.

I think the best return on investment will always come from getting your resumé laid out in a clear and concise manner that makes it really easy to find what you're looking for at a glance. Remember, the first people to look over it often don't have an in-depth knowledge of the field. Clear use of document layout styles will be a huge help, like clear headings, good paragraph spacing, and perhaps even a clear list of skills laid out in an easily skimmed table/list.