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We asked pro résumé coaches to name 1 thing they wish everyone knew

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  We asked professional résumé writers and
    career
    consultants for one thing they want people to know about
    crafting a résumé that will land the job.
  
  Small 
    mistakes on a résumé can be off-putting to recruiters.
  
  A strong résumé should answer the "so what?" question and
  give context to past experiences.
  
  Experts also say a résumé should be 
    persuasive, not boastful.
  
  
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  Résumés:
  Nobody likes writing them. 

  But unless you're, say, a
  cranberry bog harvester or a deep sea fisherman, chances are
  you're going to need one. 

  The art of writing the perfect
  résumé, however, is a mysterious one. There are countless small
  variables to consider. And opinions on what you should and
  shouldn't put on a résumé vary drastically. Should you include
  your date of college graduation? Some would say absolutely.
  Others would say that's a rookie mistake. 

  So where is a hapless job seeker
  to turn for solid advice on what makes a great CV? To the
  experts, of course. In an effort to dispel the shroud of mystery
  - and anxiety - that shrouds crafting a résumé for many people,
  we tapped a group of professional career coaches and résumé
  writers for the one thing they wish job applicants knew about
  résumés.

  Here's their best advice.

  • We asked professional résumé writers and career consultants for one thing they want people to know about crafting a résumé that will land the job.
  • Small mistakes on a résumé can be off-putting to recruiters.
  • A strong résumé should answer the "so what?" question and give context to past experiences.
  • Experts also say a résumé should be persuasive, not boastful.

Résumés: Nobody likes writing them.

But unless you're, say, a cranberry bog harvester or a deep sea fisherman, chances are you're going to need one.

The art of writing the perfect résumé, however, is a mysterious one. There are countless small variables to consider. And opinions on what you should and shouldn't put on a résumé vary drastically. Should you include your date of college graduation? Some would say absolutely. Others would say that's a rookie mistake.

So where is a hapless job seeker to turn for solid advice on what makes a great CV? To the experts, of course. In an effort to dispel the shroud of mystery - and anxiety - that shrouds crafting a résumé for many people, we tapped a group of professional career coaches and résumé writers for the one thing they wish job applicants knew about résumés.

Here's their best advice.

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