Resumes 101 – everything you should & shouldn’t be doing

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Over the years, we’ve provided nearly a metric ton of résumé tips and we thought, “Why not just put some of our best and most popular posts on the topic together for people? What a gift that would be!”

Gift, indeed. So I’m happy to present you with some of our best résumé articles from this blog and the Career Advice & Resources section on

But first, let’s hear from employers on how you can address a gap on your résumé:

You can check out the rest of our Expert Advice series on our YouTube channel, as well as our #AskCB series.

So what should you be doing with your résumé? Check out these articles that can put you on the path of what to include and how to write a stellar résumé:

The importance of résumé keywords

Don’t bury the lead on your résumé

6 things you should take off your résumé 

20 unusual résumé tactics to avoid

The elements of résumé style

10 useless résumé words (and 10 eye-catching ones)

Résumé missteps that hurt your career search

In addition to these articles, did you know that CareerBuilder offers résumé writing services and résumé upgrade opportunities?

Once you’ve implemented these tips on your résumé on, we’re going to give you the opportunity to take $15 off of our Résumé Upgrade service by using this code, which expires 5/31/2012:


After logging in to the site, determine which resume you want to upgrade and use the code above in the ‘Coupon Code’ section.

  1. You can find additional career advice here: Why should you go there? Because I am an HR professional with almost 9 years experience in the field – I welcome questions and answer them online. Regards, Geo.

  2. I was advised by HR personal to elimanate the objective line on my resume. 
    They said that in today’s job market is not necessary to add it.
    My question is:
     “OBJECTIVE” or not to “OBJECTIVE”? that is my question. :)
    Thank you for your time,

    •  @LVIlla Actually, the job workshops I have attended all say the NEW method is Professional Profile (or summary) if you choose to include it. This gives employers a picture of who you are, professionally.

  3. I would say to leave it in your resume if you really have something interesting that is going to catch the eye of the recruiter. The Objective is one of the first lines that the recruiter reads. If you have something interesting, he/she will keep reading. If not, skip it.

  4. what is the gap and is it the time when you whet not working or something that is questionable on your resume that needs to be explained.

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