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Resume guide: 3 tips to make your CV standout

If you are hitting the job market, the one thing you'll need is a good resume. But how do you get yours to the top of the heap?

On Friday, the Labor Department will report its latest monthly jobs report, which will reveal how many jobs were added in February and whether the unemployment rate budged from 7.9 percent.

If you are hitting the job market, the one thing you'll need is a good resume. But how do you get yours to the top of the heap?

Paddy Hirsch, senior producer of personal finance at Marketplace, has these tips:

1. Create two resumes, a search-engine-optimized (SEO) version and a regular version. If you are applying through a search engine, such as Monster or Jobscore, a computer completes a first pass of all applicant resumes before a human ever reads them.

2. Make your SEO resume plain and include keywords. Use bold type sparingly. Format everything to the left side of the page. And make sure everything is spelled correctly. Search algorithms tally up the number of keywords in order to evaluate resumes. The easier you can make it for the computer to find keywords, the better.

3. Old resume rules still apply. After you've gotten past the computer review, your resume will be read by a human. Make sure it is clearly written, typo-free, and emphasizes relevant work experience.

About the author

Paddy Hirsch is a Senior Editor at Marketplace and the creator and host of the Marketplace Whiteboard. Follow Paddy on Twitter @paddyhirsch and on facebook at www.facebook.com/paddyhirsch101
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Here's a tip: Put your resume online. Take some time and learn SEO and make a few updates to your website every couple of days. You will be shocked how quickly you can garner some awesome attention to your CV.

Managing SEO campaigns for over 10 years has shown me that a little bit of strategy can go a LONG WAY.

http://www.searchgurus.ca

Many thanks to Paddy and the Marketplace Team for this timely refresher on how resumes and processed and assessed, and what format to use! Very helpful indeed. Many thanks, Thomas Cruz

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