Your resume is what represents you and your accomplishments when you’re searching for a job. Often, it’s the only chance you have to grab a recruiters’ attention and get you to that next step, a job interview. Below are 11 essential tips and tricks to help you get started on creating that all-important document.
- Update your email address – If you’re still using an email address with a nickname and numbers, it’s time for an update. A professional email address should use your initials or your full name, nothing else. (i.e. email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Use clean, easy to read fonts between 9 and 12 points – you want your resume to be pleasing to the eye for the recruiter who is reviewing it.
- Use a clean and well-spaced layout – similar to the last point, layout is important for readability. Negative space is your friend.
- Start with your most recent experience first – The order of your job experience should be from newest to oldest. List relevant accomplishments as bullet points under each job. Consider limiting this section to the last two positions, including start and end dates.
- Keep each section succinct and to the point – A few short, well-worded bullet points per section is all that is needed.
- Proofread – Spelling and grammar are important. One mistake can cost you a callback.
- Tailor each resume to the job you are applying for – Use keywords that may have been listed on the job description or that fit the specific position.
- Stick to one page – If your resume runs over one page, it’s time to shorten it. Check your layout and font size as well as your content for adjustments to save on space.
- Consider using a template to help your resume stand out – Today’s job seekers are looking for ways to grab potential employers’ attention. One surefire way is to have a well designed, unique resume.
- Write a cover letter – If possible, include a cover letter to introduce yourself, show that you have done your research on the company, and the job you’re applying for is important to you. Potential employers want to see the enthusiasm from potential employees.
- K.I.S.S. – It’s worth repeating. Keep It Short and Simple.
We hope these tips help make the process of writing the perfect resume easier. Do you have any tips to add? Let us know in the comments!