Most people do not realize that employers will do a quick scan of a resume it typically lasts only a few seconds. Theyre looking for key skills and accomplishments that the perfect candidate will have. So capturing the employers attention is critical or else youre information can get lost in the shuffle. To prevent your resume from ending up in the Trash file here are some helpful resume tips that will set you apart from the rest.
Resumes have long been a staple of the job seeker. No matter where you apply or what field youre looking for work in most employers are looking for some sort of resume to give them an idea of who you are and what you have done up to this point. Even with the high level of importance placed on the resume many people have no idea where to begin or what a good resume should look like. Here are ten tips to help you write a better resume and get the job you really want.
Use proper formatting Make sure to avoid excessive white space and to use the space on the page. Avoid using more than one page if possible definitely no more than two. Highlight key points with bullet lists and make sure your paragraphs are clear and concise. Resumes are not the time to be wordy. Be straight to the point.
Traditional resumes are normally one or two page documents and personal resume websites provide a much more in depth look into a job applicants qualifications personality and provide a much needed online presence.The purpose of a resume is to get an interview. Most employers will decide in under a minute whether or not to consider someone for a position based on this short document. Because traditional resumes are limited resumes from people with similar qualifications and experience will look the same even though theyre from different people.
An attractive resume template/outline makes it more powerful. Just as dressing smartly helps a candidate in an interview good formatting does the same for a resume. Looks do matter at all places in the real world and on paper. When you present yourself well you get noticed. Similarly when you present a good resume it will be noticed; otherwise it would be very easily find a bin to rest in.
Erin Kennedy MCD CMRW CPRW BS/HR is a Certified Professional & Executive Resume Writer/Career Consultant and President of Professional Resume Services Inc. She is a nationally published writer and contributor of 12 best-selling career books. She has achieved international recognition following yearly nominations and wins of the prestigious T.O.R.I. (Toast of the Resume Industry) Award. Erin has written thousands of resumes for executives and professionals.