Resume Makeovers

IT Resume Makeover: How to add flavor to a bland resume

Don't count on your 'plain vanilla' resume to get you noticed - your resume needs a personal flavor to catch the eye of recruiters and hiring managers. Here, expert Donald Burns adds his secret sauce to one CIO's resume to help him land his next role.

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Plain vanilla's fine if you're talking about ice cream, but it doesn't belong anywhere on a resume. Scott Kressner had a lot going for him -- solid resume formatting, a great mix of experience and technical knowledge, as well a lengthy stint at RUSH Enterprises during which he steadily rose through the ranks. But his resume was much too generic -- too plain vanilla -- to get him past an initial screening and on to the interviewing stages.

"I felt that my resume was too similar to the average -- that I'd look like everyone else, Kressner says, "I really wanted to stand out from the crowd, but I wasn't sure how to get there."

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