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How to Avoid Common Resume Gaffes

When writing your resume you have a lot to think about. What are the skills that you use on a daily basis? How have you positively impacted your company? What font should you use? Is Comic Sans really off limits? (The answer, for the record, is yes). Given all of these things going through your mind when you are putting together your resume, it can be easy to overlook some of the simplest and most important aspects of crafting a great document.

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Core Competencies Demystified

One of the most common questions that professional resume writers field is, “What, really, are core competencies?” The simple answer to this question is that these are keywords that reflect your skills in the workplace; however, the long-form answer is a bit more complex.

Creating a Positive First Impression

The goal of any great resume is to achieve a strong marketing message, meaning that readers know exactly what you have to offer and what you are looking for without you having to implicitly state your goals in an objective (which is outdated, but that’s a topic for another post). Typically, readers will look at a resume for a mere 30 or so seconds before tossing it into the yes, no, or maybe pile, so it is crucial that your document does a great job of reeling readers in. Core competencies are a great way to catch the attention of potential employers, as they are easy to peruse and provide a quick and detailed outline of your most valuable professional skills.

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