Like it or not, employers will usually make a judgment about your resume in five seconds. A great resume contains key words and phrases that catch a reader’s attention. Below are tips to give your resume the confidence and professionalism need to ensure yours is not one that is glanced over and forgotten.
- Bullet Points: Employers generally don’t take the time to read long paragraphs of text. Use bullet points and short sentences to describe your experiences and job responsibilities.
- Dates: List the month with year of your employment date listings. Consistent employment history is a big plus to show off on your resume. If there is an employment gap in your resume is prepared to share why and how you spent your time in-between jobs.
- Keywords: Most companies use digital databases to search for candidates. This means that they will run a search query based on specific keywords in order to identify resumes which contain words relevant to their job. If your resume doesn’t have strategic keywords, it may not be identified as a strong fit for that position. Insert smart words into your job responsibly phrasing (e.g., marketing, sales, bilingual) to ensure you are not overlooked.
- “One Page” Myth: Do not scrunch your resume onto one page because you feel that two page resumes are too long. They are totally acceptable, go for it!
- Don’t State The Obvious: Statements like “Available for interview” or “References available upon request” are not necessary to list on your resume. If you are sending a resume to a company, it should be a given that you are available for an interview and that you will provide references if requested. Avoid items that will make the employer think “duh!”
- Color: Black and white is out! Don’t be afraid of adding a little color to your name, a heading or title will give your resume a pop that could catch the eye of an employer.
- Pictures: Unless you are applying for a job where the physical traits are important (e.g., modeling), you should avoid attaching your picture to the resume. Save the pictures for Facebook.
- You don’t need to list all your work experiences. Mentioning that you used to sell hamburgers when you were 16 is not going to help you land that executive position. If you have job experiences that are not relevant to the current opportunity, I suggest you omit them.