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Craft a better résumé for 2011

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Lose your job, and it will take about nine months to get another one, reports The New York Times.

You might just shave some time from the process by updating your résumé now. A few tips:

Embrace technology. You’ll need an online and offline way of putting yourself forward. “If you’re not on LinkedIn, you don’t exist,” says Wendy Enelow, author of Expert Résumés for Managers and Executives.

On your MS Word résumé, include live links to your email address and LinkedIn profile. Make it easy for a hiring manager to connect with you.

Avoid overused words that make you blend in, says Krista Canfield, a spokesperson for LinkedIn.

The site recently came up with a list of the top 10 overused words and phrases, based on millions of user profiles. The top offenders: innovative, dynamic, motivated, extensive experience, results-oriented, proven track record, team player, fast-paced, problem solver and entrepreneurial.

Differentiate yourself by replacing a summary at the top with a brand statement to make yourself stand out and to invite a deeper look.

Example: “Administrative professional with finance background” or “Tech-industry executive assistant.”

-- Adapted from “Updating a Résumé for 2011,” Elizabeth Garone, The Wall Street Journal.

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