Use good quality paper and a laser printer Dont skimp on paper quality with your resume it leaves a bad impression. Poor quality paper creases and wrinkles easier. Use a laser printer to make sure your resume doesnt smudge or smear. Always use white paper for easier photocopying and avoid color in your resume. Black and white is the way to go.
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.
Always include a cover letter The cover letter is your time to highlight your skills and sell yourself as well as your resume to the recruiter. Make sure to use power statements and highlight your best qualities to get their attention. Your cover letter should address all the requirements for the position and explain why youre the best person for the job.
Add in a list of skills Your resume is no place for modesty. Highlight your skills especially if they are specific to the job youre applying for and list where you gained experience with that skill set. Instead of being general give concrete details and highlights. For example list your experience with Microsoft Office or even a particular piece of software over computer skills. Make sure to include plenty of competency statements.
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.