Resumes are your starting point when it comes to beginning a job search. It is likely the first connection you’ll have with your future employer, and a perfect opportunity to make a lasting impression! Here are 5 tips to writing a resume that gets read:
1. Be brief but not TOO brief
Human resources professionals and recruiters spend under a minute looking over your resume at first glance. Keep it short and to the point, but don’t eliminate pertinent information to save space. Always include an up-to-date contact method and important info in regard to your previous positions. Each should include your title, company, location, and duration of employment. Include highlights on expertise you have as a result of the positions.
2. Make it consistent
Make your resume easy to read– pick a format and maintain it. Font type, size, bolding, and the location of information should remain consistent throughout. If the company is listed above your title, it should be that way for each of your positions. Trajectory should also be clear if you’ve worked up the ladder within a company.
3. Use the right side of the page!
This goes hand-in-hand with keeping your resume from being too lengthy. If you bullet everything on your resume, the right side of the page has lots of dead space. The right side is a good place to list duration and locations of employment.
4. Remember your technologies!
More specific to IT professionals, but certainly transferrable in terms of skills. If you are familiar with a technology or skill make sure it isn’t only mentioned in a list on your resume. You can list it under proficiencies, and you should also include these in highlights for the positions you’ve used them. This will ensure your resume shows up when recruiters are looking for candidates with your skillset.
5. Edit heavily
Remember it becomes more difficult to catch mistakes after you’ve become familiar with a document. You likely won’t miss many opportunities for incorrect comma usage, but if there are any spelling mistakes on your resume, you will be skipped over. Try to get fresh eyes on it once you think you’re finished revisions to double check. I’m sure there will be something to fix!
Try utilizing these tips the next time you update or start your resume! Brainstorm and sort your thoughts in regard to what information you want to include for each position before you start writing and formatting. Don’t stress, the right job match always falls into place– but a good resume means that you chose to start on a good note!