So you’ve decided it’s time for a new resume. Since it’s been years, you’ve visited a bunch of sites, and you’re so confused about what to do.
If you are at a total loss, then this post will not be too useful, but if you already have a fairly good resume, and you want to spruce it up, I’ll cover some items that should help you improve your resume.
Use Fonts to Your Advantage
No resume should use the same font at the same size without bold or italics throughout the entire resume. Although content is of primary important in a resume, remember this document is a snapshot of your professional life and the person reading it is probably reading 100 others. Lead that poor reader’s eyes from top to bottom. Help the eyes differentiate professional experience from education from special skills and whatever other category your resume has.
Make your name slightly larger than everything else. Heck, even use another color for it (keep it dark for scanning purposes). Use tabs and borderless tables to structure your information.
Bold the headings and make them slightly larger than the everything else (smaller than your name of course). Bold different jobs and colleges you have attended. Use italics for the city and state of your jobs.
Use bullets for a few key pieces of information.
Allow what space to show breaks between information types. Allow more white space if your resume is a little light on experience.
Do not make fonts too small – no smaller than 10 points. You have no idea how good the reader’s eyes are.
Be kind to the reader’s eyes and lead those eyes around the page.
Use Strong Verbs
Use strong verbs to describe what you have done and what you do. By strong verbs, I mean avoid the to be verbs like am, are, is. While they have their place, it is not on a resume. Think of about what you truly do and think of action verbs that describe what you do.
- Design web site solutions.
- Create eye-catching social media visuals.
- Devise social marking solutions for individual client needs.
There may be a few items where you cannot get past a to be verb, but remember, they should be far outnumbered by strong verbs.
Today’s employers want problem solvers and individuals who get things done. So when you create your resume, think about some of the keys things you accomplished at your jobs. Did you solve a particular problem? Did you eliminate or improve inefficiencies? Do not hide them under your employment history; highlight them as key accomplishments:
- Reduced wait times for customers by 50% to less than 2 minutes on average.
- Saved employer $3,000/year in utilities by seeking bids on electric suppliers.
- Improved workflow for accounting department by incorporating OCR scanners at each workstation.
Eliminate the Uncessary
If your resume is long for the amount of experience you have, take a hard look at it and decide what you can eliminate.
If you are applying as a CNA for an outpatient clinic, you should include your nursing internship at the local hospital and all the things you did, however, for the three burger joints you worked at putting yourself through school, include just the employer and your job title. All the things you did at those burger joints will not matter to your future employer, but the the fact that you worked will.
And remember, this post is only the tip of the iceberg. There is much more to creating the right resume to get you that job interview. If you are feeling overwhelmed, remember, there are professionals out there who can help you create an eye-catching resume that truly markets your assets.
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