- Try to keep your resume to one page
Employers may only glance at your resume. Some employers may only look at your resume for as little as 15 seconds. Your resume should be concise and to the point. Use the least amount of words to make your point. Only major job duties should be covered while also making a note of the results of your work.
Good example resume that is kept to one page:
- Put emphasis on your results
Put emphasis on your results by stating what it is you did and the results that were achieved because of your work. Make sure to include specific details of what was increased or decreased. It is important to use specific numbers and to put emphasis on money earned or time savings.
- Increase the chance you are targeted
Only put specific qualifications on your resume that you possess to best perform the job that the potential employer is advertising. Most employers will try and eliminate any generic or general resumes submitted. Every resume that you send in should be tailored for the specific job being advertised. Only stress information in the resume that pertains to the job being advertised and make all the content of the resume relevant to performing that job.
- Use keywords in your resume
Many employers will sort through electronically. This means that your resume will be filtered by a computer. The computer will look for keywords in your resume that pertain to the job being advertised. One of the major things it sorts by is keywords. If the software doesn’t pick up on enough of the key words, then your resume may be discarded before a hiring manager even has a chance to look at it. This is another reason why every resume needs to be tailored to each job you are applying for. Many of the keywords can be found in the description of the job advertisement.
- Do not lie or exaggerate your skills
Do not lie or try and exaggerate what you can do. Honestly is the best policy here. Many times, the truth will be uncovered during the interview or reference checks. Even if you slip through the cracks and get the job offer you may be thrown into a situation where you are expected to perform a job that you can’t do which will more than likely land you in some hot water. Make sure to state your skills, qualifications, and experience as positive as possible without misleading someone.
- Be perfect when it comes to grammar
It is extremely important to proofread your resume before submitting it. The resume should be flawless when it comes to grammar and spelling. Do not just rely on spellcheckers and grammar checkers. Many spellcheckers will miss spelling mistakes or can possibly even change the word to something that looks highly like the word you were looking to type. I’m sure many of us have dealt with autocorrect changing to the wrong word when sending a text message. Don’t embarrass yourself and blow your chances because you didn’t manually proofread your resume. While it may be a good idea to run it through the checkers you should also manually proofread it. It is also a good idea to have a couple of other people proofread your resume to make sure you didn’t miss anything.
- Have a visually appealing resume
Your resume should look sharp and professional while also being readable. Make sure there is enough space between points. Good spacing between points will also make the resume more concise. The more concise a resume is the better. The idea is to give the most information possible in the least amount of words since many employers are going through resumes quickly. If you’re sending a resume online it is important to remember that some of the programs may automatically eliminate fancy fonts, italics, or bold lettering. If the resume is being printed then fonts, italics, bold lettering and bullet points should be used.