In the fast-paced world of recruiting, a ten-second glance at your resume can either make or break your chances of landing an interview. Fair? No. Realistic? Absolutely.
Because of the sheer number of resumes that recruiters have to sift through each day, it’s virtually impossible to read every single one from start to finish. As the job seeker, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your resume stands out. This is not to say that you should be using crazy fonts or color schemes in an attempt to get noticed – rather, you should strive to craft a document that is professional, concise, and accurate. This enables recruiters to get a good sense for your skills and experience without getting bogged down with wordy paragraphs or irrelevant information.
Here are some of the key things to consider when putting together your resume.
First impressions are everything! Your resume should appear polished, well organized, and professional. Make sure your name and contact information are clearly visible.
Select an appropriate font and use line breaks, bullets, and bolding to draw attention to content you’d like to highlight. Use headings to distinguish between the different sections of your resume. This allows recruiters to jump directly to the criteria they’re most interested in (some are more interested in skills, while others will jump right to job experience, for example).
Not sure exactly what should go in your resume? Generally, the most important things to cover are: skills, work experience, accomplishments, and education. You can also include major projects that you’ve worked on (or relevant courses, if you’re a recent grad).
For skills, list both hard and soft skills. Most companies, unless they state otherwise, are looking for a balance of technical abilities and people skills that will enable you to work well with other employees in the workplace.
When listing your work history, make sure that you go in reverse chronological order. This means that your most recent job goes at the top and previous places of employment are listed below.
In terms of accomplishments, the more concrete proof you can provide, the better. Have your Google Analytics Qualification? Certified Scrum Master? Graduated with honors? Put it down!
Ensure that the formatting is uniform throughout. Double-check your margins, font size, and line spacing. Try to keep the overall length reasonable – a twenty-page document is much more daunting for recruiters than a neat, three-page overview.
A quick note on grammar – try to avoid using first person or colloquialisms, as it will most likely come across as unprofessional. Always proofread and edit your resume for typos and spelling errors. Get a friend to look it over for anything you might have missed.
Once you’ve put all of this together, you should have a document that you can really be proud of. After all, it is a summary of all your hard-earned skills, experience, and successes up to this point in time.
Throw in a reference or two and you’ve got yourself a solid basic resume. From here, you can tailor it as necessary for specific job opportunities or positions (more on that here).
And now, it’s time to get out there – happy job hunting!
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