Reverse write your resume
This one is no fun, but can be really effective. Forget everything you already have on your resume. Go open a new blank document. On your second screen (if you’re a LifeHacker reader, you have two screens, right?) pop open the job description of the job you’re seeking.
Now reverse chronologically write your resume, by focusing exclusively on “what have I done that the people who wrote this description will like?” If you can, match it bullet by bullet (try not to be too obvious about this). The process of building a resume from scratch that is targeted towards a particular job forces you to let go of the unnecessary material you have in your generic resume. Be a salesperson, not a fact-reciter.
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