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I know Careers is young and still in beta, but I'm wondering if anybody out there (read "the creators") have any suggestions as to how to construct your CV for the best results.

I'm looking for suggestions like 'Don't use World as your location', etc. I surely don't want to exagerate the truth or act like I'm trying to make myself sound better than I am...I just want to be sure I show up in the searches as often as I can for the positions that are right for me.

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  1. Use as many generic tags for your work experience as possible.

    I am a C# developer of Winforms and Webforms and ASP.NET MVC stripes; but that's not all I do. On my CV, I make sure to include the generic .NET tag as well as Winforms ASP.NET ASP.NET MVC and C#.

  2. Don't have Dislikes showing.

    If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all. And please, don't say, "I have no pathologies that keep me from working with others." That's a red flag in of itself.

  3. If it's hard to read, it won't be read.

    Format, format format. Make it look pretty.

  4. Show me the Numbers.

    Give me the numbers. If you've increased effeciency in the software you've worked on, I want to know by how much. If you've increased sales, I want percents or dollar signs.

  5. Work in Popular technologies

    If you're a R programming language guy, chances are you won't find much work. Take a look at the TIOBE Software Programming Trends and start learning a language at the top of that list.

  6. Include particulars

    If you've worked with SQL Server, say so. Don't just say "SQL".

  7. Have a catchy Bio Line

    If you look at my bio line, you'll see that it's short, sweet, and to the point. Do that. Don't ramble.

  8. Choose an Exciting Work Location

    There will probably be a lot less employers looking for Developers in Topeka, Kansas than there would be in Washington, DC or New York, NY. Pick locations where you want to work; but pick smart locations. In a recession / depression, the mobile worker gets the job. You have to be willing to move if you aren't in a metropolitan area. Period.

Here are my stats:

20 CV Search Hits
76 Public CV Views
3 Employer CV Views

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I hate Markdown. How the hell do I get it not to reformat my numbers to all ones? That seems like a bug. – George Stocker Nov 18 '09 at 21:44
@George ...what kind of responses have you received from your CV, if you don't mind me asking. Obviously mine has gone un-noticed. Yours looks much more 'travelled' – Justin Niessner Nov 19 '09 at 0:00
Justin: Do you have a link to your CV? – George Stocker Nov 19 '09 at 2:24
@George - I know it still needs quite a bit of work. I want to make sure I focus on the right parts...rather than spend time focusing on the low return items. – Justin Niessner Nov 19 '09 at 2:33

When an employer searches resumes, he or she will see only the first ~195 characters of your biography on the search results page. So make those characters count.

Here is how George's looks, for example. Note how the text is perfectly tuned for that character limit.

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Ha. Also just noticed that if you don't terminate the markdown bold in the first 195 characters, then your "favorites" will be bold. I'm sure that bug will be fixed at some point, though. :-) – Portman Nov 20 '09 at 5:35
That's definitely good to know. I did a quick rip from one of my cover letters thinking that the whole field might be shown...looks like I was wrong. I know the next couple of things to tweak now. – Justin Niessner Nov 20 '09 at 15:30
I put in a bug about this a while back.… – George Stocker Nov 21 '09 at 0:42

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