Overly ornate resumes are not only distracting, they cannot be parsed and evaluated by recruiting software. 

  • Keep to a simple format with essential information.
  • Eliminate graphics, charts, sidebars, and color – Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) are used by the vast majority of recruiters and they cannot process these elements.
  • Revise and edit, then do it again – ideally, you will have a 2-page document.
  • Take the time to incorporate keywords and phrases from the job description.

Be concise, be specific, and keep it clean and simple.