ImproveJobProspectsLooking for a job can be a stressful endeavor. It can feel overwhelming at times, like a never ending to-do list. Luckily, we have a few tips to make your job search easier and less time consuming.

One of the first things you should do is go over your resume. Don’t focus on what you’ve written, but instead check out the style, formatting and overall look of your CV. It may seem silly, but to employers, it’s anything but:

Most employers (if they’re recruiting) will have gone through 10+ resumes a day, if not more, so you really need to make sure yours stands out for the right reasons. Research shows it takes someone only three seconds to decide if your CV passes muster — and believe it or not, that judgment is more based on the layout and formatting than on the content itself. Take a look at your resume, and see whether or not it’s easy to digest. Have you used bullet points? Have you used headers? Is the information easy to navigate on the page? All of this matters — so make sure it looks tidy and professional.

To hear more tips on how to score your dream job, read: 5 Things You Can Do Right Now To Improve Your Job Prospects.

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