A good resume can make all the difference in landing your dream career or remaining forever unemployed. It lays the groundwork for a good first impression before the interview and is the most straightforward way for potential employers to get to know what you’re all about.
With this in mind, let’s discuss some Dos and Don’ts of writing an eye-catching resume.
- From the moment you begin writing your resume make sure your font size is no larger than point 12 and no smaller than point 9. After determining your font size, use traditional fonts such as Times New Roman or Helvetica and stay away from unprofessional fonts such as Stencil or HanziPen.
- The first section is often times reserved for you to state your employment history and always list your most recent jobs first. Followed by your accomplishments at each job – make sure to list your jobs in bullet point format.
- It is very vital to use tailored keywords throughout your resume and it is more than OK to use those words repeatedly as long as it flows smoothly throughout. Hiring managers prefer if a candidate tailors the resume to the specific job and included specific examples of previous work experience.
- Roughly 400 words what you should aim for as it’s the perfect sweet spot allowing you to thoroughly explain your past experience while being brief and allowing your hiring manager to read it without getting disinterested. Also- keep your resume to one page!
- Although sticking to the basics is best when trying to create a professional resume, it is absolutely acceptable to push the envelope a bit for certain positions. It is not considered inappropriate to use color in a resume, however, it’s important to use it wisely. Unless the position requires a colorful personality, keep it to a minimal.
- Co-workers, employees, and online resume websites will tell you different ways to write a proper objective statement, but what many individuals don’t realize is that this is not needed. Including an “objective” section has no significance on whether or not a resume is considered. The main things hiring managers are looking at are name, currently title and company, current position start and end dates, previous title and company, previous position start and end dates, and education accomplishments.
- Remember, your resume is for your professional career so keep it completely impersonal. Avoid including personal information such as marital status, children names of pets etc…
- NEVER use any photography on your resume because this will distract the reader from other vital information. Also, avoid using any amateur email addresses – for example: [email protected]
- Since the majority of your resume will most likely be in bullet format besides section headers, avoid fillers word like “and”, “the”, and “a”. Lastly, if your GPA is below 3.5 do not list it and emphasize other accomplishments as an alternative.
Good luck and Happy Job Hunting!
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