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Anatomy of a Successful Résumé (Infographic)

It’s that time of year again. Graduates everywhere have broken free of their university shackles and are ready, willing and able to start embarking on their chosen career in the big bad world. But while it’s easy to assume a solid résumé isn’t important in today’s digitally driven workplace, the fact is, it’s more important than ever to have a kick-ass CV. 89% of employers won’t hire a candidate without one, so getting your résumé right is an essential foothold to gain on the ladder to career success.

The following infographic from, is the perfect framework on which to base your résumé, be it traditional or digital. Take it and use it wisely my friends!

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Top Takeaways:

  • 89% of employers will not hire a candidate without a résumé.
  • The average recruiter only spends 6 seconds looking at your résumé, so it needs to catch their attention fast!
  • Clever job seekers push the Skills section of their résumé to the top of the page, as they know most recruiters won’t make it to the bottom of the page.
  • Consider how you’re phrasing your experience. Most companies use software to search for keywords in résumés and will reject those without the keywords they are looking for (even though you could be their perfect candidate!). So always tailor your résumé for each and every job you apply for and be sure to include all the keywords they state in the job description.
  • Always create a specific cover letter for the job to are applying for. Never use a blanket cover letter.
  • Don’t make your résumé too personal. Yes, it’s about you, but you do not need to include photos, home address or your birthday.

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