Direct & Short
A hiring manager will not want to relive the summer they read through all the Tolkien novels. All the painfully slow details that don’t matter much can get your resume skipped immediately. You want to cut straight to the point and leave out the back-story of every bullet point. That information might be better suited for the interview. Be sure to shorten anything that isn’t immediately relevant to the position that you’re applying for.
Some fonts have been specifically designed to be easier read than others. Serif fonts are a good example of this. However, old school serif fonts like Times New Roman can look tired and dated. Use something easy and popular like Verdana or Courier. You don’t want the font to set your resume apart from others because it’s a polarizing thing for many people. A great resume can be turned into a turd by some terrible font like anything with the word script or gothic.
This one can be difficult. Accomplishments can be abstract sometimes. The best way to handle them is with some metric. You did this good thing by this amount. Don’t just toss around things you did without offering a reference to the scale of it. An easy way to find accomplishments it to consider the team’s performance if you were a part of one.
This is not the place for inserting pics or artwork. Of course, you can ignore this if you’re applying for a creative position, but you’re probably not. Too much embellishment can be polarizing for hiring managers, much like a unique font.
If you specialize in a certain field, your skills and accomplishments can gravitate towards the same few keywords. Try to get away from this by using a thesaurus or web searches to provide some variety. The same can be applied to pronouns. Try to use ‘I’ sparingly. It can sound selfish and the reader will already know that you’re referring to yourself.
This is the one we don’t care to do every time we submit it. You need a customized resume and cover letter for every submission. Don’t be lazy about this one and make a generic resume, sending it off everywhere you can. Hiring managers will know immediately if you put in the time to really consider the job post. It’s obviously much better to give the impression that you know specifically what you’re shooting for.
This one often gets overlooked. Even if you don’t see any red underlines or obvious mistakes, you should run spell check. Having someone else read the resume is another good way to check spelling and grammar. Even the most impressive skills, accomplishments, and experience can be thrown out the window by one misspelled word on your professional document.
Here is a sample resume. Notice the simple, yet effective formatting. You will want to include your home address and phone number.
Week 10 assignment resume