Resume refresh

Clinching the interview starts with a solid resume. (April 9, 2013)

Not getting enough job interviews? Make sure your resume is getting read. Give your resume new life with these four tips:

Don't be so wordy: "Make sure there is plenty of white space on your resume," says Anne Brown, author of "Grad to Great: Discover the Secrets to Success in Your First Career" (Dalidaze Press, $18.50).  "HR professionals scan your resume to get a sense of who you are. If your resume is cluttered and unorganized, the assumption is that you're unorganized."

Punch it up:  Employers see the same resumes come across their desk all day — so make you make your resume stand out with powerful, enticing words. "Use your resume and cover letter not to tell your story, but to tell employers what you have to offer. You've got to show how you've gone above and beyond and succeeded in all you've done — even if you don't have much real-world experience," says Kristen Fischer, author of "Ramen Noodles, Rent and Resumes: An After-College Guide to Life" (Supercollege, $14.95).

Explain those gaps:  If you took time off from working for several months or years, make sure you explain why in your cover letter.

"You'll also want to explain how you kept your skills updated and relevant during that time away from work," Brown suggests.

Keep in touch: If you follow up your resume submission with a phone call and e-mail, you have a better chance of staying on the company's radar as they choose which candidates to interview, says career expert Wendy Morosoff.

"It's the assertive, enthusiastic and persistent — without being pesky — job seeker who gets their resume read," Morosoff says. "Be sure to follow up with prospective employers a week to 10 days after sending out your resume and cover letter for a particular job."