A crumpled piece of paper. A poorly written resume can make or break your application, no matter how qualified you are. Photo by: jarpur

Recruiters, not surprisingly, are most interested in experience, and they’d rather not have to guess at it. Even if an applicant is completely qualified for the job in question, a poorly written or disorganized resume will have the recruiter looking to the next applicant in no time.

“You’re moving quickly, you want to be able to look and determine — is this person qualified, is it someone I want to interview?” shared Jackie Oddoye, a recruiting consultant for Creative Associates.

This article was last updated on 14 November 2017

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