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.
Remember you resume will be read by humans as well as by machines which will scan for the right keywords. So put some time and energy into your keywords when you write. Resumes must grab the attention of both the human and the computer scanner.
Functional resumes are good when you have little to zero work experience (or new grads). This type of resume allows you to showcase skills that fit in with the job requirements. Fair warning: most recruiters and hiring managers dont like this format and feel as though you may be hiding something. If you have a chronological resume you do not want to have one part chronological and one part functional because it will throw off the entire formatting and may confuse the employer about your skill set.
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.
Make your resume original Make sure your resume stands out from the crowd. Dont be afraid of trying something different or breaking from the mold. Sometimes a little creativity can garner enough attention to get your resume read which can make all the difference. Dont overdo it though. Being wacky or silly may be a part of your personality but usually is not a desirable quality in the work place. Photos are usually a bad idea as well. Be creative but keep it simple to avoid drawing attention away from what is really important.