If you’ve been in the job market awhile, you’ve probably been exposed to the most common resume advice. So has your competition. Here are four lesser-known tips can give you an edge over other applicants.

1. Keep Your Bullet Points Consistent

Take a quick look over every bulleted item in your document. Each bullet in a list should begin with the same part of speech (noun, verb, article, etc.). And if the bullets in the list begin with verbs, each verb should have the same tense (present, past, or future). This simple move can dramatically elevate your apparent mastery of the language.

2. Add Links

There’s no place in a professional resume for photos, clip art, graphs, videos, or anything other than one page of straightforward text in a plain font. But if you include a link to a page in your own website or blog, that link can reveal any information you choose. Think of the possibilities!

3. Don’t Reveal Information That Can Hurt You

Some people don’t realize this, but you don’t HAVE to include certain details that are widely considered essential in a resume. You can skip your college graduation date, for example (this can protect you from employer age bias). You can and should also leave out any number associated with your salary history. That’s nobody’s business but your own. You don’t have to mention if you were fired or laid off from a previous position. And you don’t have to discuss the accommodations you may need regarding a handicap. Keep these facts to yourself for now.

4. Add a Cover Letter, Even if You Haven’t Been Asked

If the post clearly tells you not to include one, then don’t. In the absence of clear instructions, always add a letter to your resume. Resume advice abounds, and most serious applicants will have followed the best it. Set your own resume apart by taking these tips to Resume Builder to create a professional resume that will give you an advantage over your competition.

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