Master Your Resume in 5 Simple Steps
This has been a trial and error basis for me over the last few years. I analyzed my situation of being unemployed as well as people who I know. Here is what I learned.
- Make your resume 1-page: Having a single page resume will place you ahead of the pack simply because it saves the job recruiters time (and paper and ink). Being that they most likely receive hundreds of resume a day, it can become straining having to filter one persons resume that it several pages long. Even if you have tons of experience in the job field and have worked at a number of places, a recruiter does not need to know all of that. By putting your most recent experience only can help in the long run.
- Use a computer screen friendly font: Be very careful about which font you use because most resumes are read via a computer screen as a first impression. Having excessively small font does not work in your favor because you do not want the reader to squint, especially if they have to wear glasses. A reasonably size font would be about 12pt font. The style of the font also matters when the resume is being read on-screen. Using fonts that are easy to read on the screen such as Georgia and Verdana.
- Wording should be aligned: When the wording is aligned your resume will look more cohesive as opposed to a resume that has your eye bouncing around throughout the page. It keeps the eyes focused and it looks neat.
- Do not add bright colors and multiple fonts: Your resume has to look visually appealing. We want to stand out, but if the job is not necessarily in the creative field then it can hinder your chances of receiving a call back. A resume should look neat and not over the top because it is used to display your professional side. Recruiters want to read something that is easy on their eyes and not something that will feel like a project that they have to figure out.
- Write accomplishments NOT responsibilities: Putting responsibilities is almost like writing a job description, and that’s not what you want. More often than not, a job title can present self-explanatory tasks that you must have completed. To look more appealing it is better to list of actual accomplishments that you helped the company achieve because it shows that you could potentially become an asset to the company. The recruiter wants to hear how you can help their company grow and telling them the task you completed daily does not show that because you were just doing your job. Accomplishments show that you are a hard worker, dedicated and ready to achieve success.
I hope this helps you land that interview 🙂