5. It has to look interesting to catch a hiring manager's eye. Yes, you want your resume to be interesting, but more in content than appearance. Aside from the content you choose to include, the next most important aspect of your resume is that it's easy to read. De-cluttering, or getting rid of experience that's not relevant or necessary, is one way to do this. Another is to use bold type, bullets, and plenty of white space.
For the average position, your resume is in competition with 110 others, Beshara says. "If it doesn't hit them in the mouth real fast by having what you've done and who you've done it for [front and center], it gets passed over," he says. "They move onto the next one."