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Resume as planned: Does the perfect resume actually exist?

Employers have very little to go on when it comes to hiring the best possible candidate, aside from the ubiquitous cover letter and resume.
Those two hard copy documents are supposed to give companies and hiring managers a window into how competent, trustworthy and qualified you are as a potential employee.
But anyone who has completed a resume and written what they believed was a stellar cover letter must still question just how much can be learned from two or three pieces of papers. Words only mean so much, and most will argue that an in person interview is where the selling of yourself truly begins.
Rarely, however, does anyone get that coveted interview without the benefit of having a resume that speaks volumes or stands out in a very crowded pile. Hiring managers barely glance at most resumes before they're accepted or rejected, so it's not hard to focus long and hard on your cover and especially the resume.
You only have one page to prove your worth to the person looking at it, so you have to make it count wholeheartedly. That's why crafting a resume you deem perfection might be more pipe dream than reality.

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So how can you put together resume that is as close to perfect as possible?
The biggest mistake and the one that is most easily avoided when it comes to writing your resume is making it too long. Anything over one page is too much text, and the employer will skip it without fail. Some would argue that the resume length should be in conjunction with how long you've worked, but anything too long is just silly. No one cares about the part time job you had at the pizza place in your neighborhood while you were in college. Only put information and career experience that pertains to what type of job you're attempting to get.
Almost as easily avoidable is misspelling littered throughout the resume along with the kind of language that screams thesaurus rather than using words you actually know. The misspellings are especially troublesome, particularly if you're taking a job as an editor or writer, but can't seem to figure out the difference between using the word "to" or "too." Even if the job isn't at a newspaper, incorrect grammar and spelling is the proverbial kiss of death.
You certainly don't want to fall into the trap of putting too much emphasis on the resume to the point that it signs campy or formulaic. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't carefully look it over to fine tune exactly what you want to say.
Doing so could be the difference between landing that dream job and only dreaming about the job you wish you could get.

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