CIO — It's been another productive year for CIO's Resume Makeover series. You learned how to target your resume to better highlight your skills, cut out unnecessary descriptions, and list your work history and technical prowess in fewer than three pages.
If you weren't selected to participate this year, don't worry. We've compiled a list of the top 10 best pieces of advice from our 2013 series here. (And 2014 is just around the corner, and if you'd like to participate in the resume makeover series please drop us an email withResume Makeover 2014 in the subject and your resume attached.)
Resume writer Donald Burns says that it's important to make your resume function like an ad, because in a world full of noise, competition and distraction, you need to say a lot quickly.
Burns says a resume needs to read fast with key items highlighted. All items should be short -- one to three sentences at the most. The goal is to make it easy to read or scan in five or 10 seconds. Once it gets beyond three to five lines, it'll be much more difficult for readers to digest, according to Burns.
Sure, you want to keep up with friends and family on Facebook, and have pins of holiday crafts for your kids on Pinterest. But don't ignore LinkedIn when it comes to your career.
Keep your profile updated as you finish projects, add new skills or take new classes. Recommend your colleagues and peers for their talents and skills, and ask that they do the same for you. And check out security solutions provider Rapid7s senior director of talent acquisition Ed Nathanson's take on how organizations are using LinkedIn to search for talent; you might pick up a few more tips on how to use keywords and Boolean searches to your advantage.