In a sea of applicants vying for just one job, how do you make your resume stand out? Getting your foot in the proverbial door takes as little as 15 seconds. "This mercilessly brief review time is based on two factors: the limited amount of time a recruiter has to look at resumes and the reviewing adeptness one gets from reading so many," explains Brad Karsh, author of the book Confessions of a Recruiting Director.

Whether you're looking for a new job or not, it pays to take your resume out once in a while and update it--you never know when your dream job will come knocking. Crafting a good resume deserves more than 20 minutes of your time in front of the computer. Take care to avoid the following mistakes.

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(First published in Marie Claire Magazine, You First section as "Careers" in June 2007; adapted for use in Female Network)
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