Your resume is an important step in your search for a job. Recruiters use resumes as an essential part of the screening process. Due to time constraints, they have only seconds to scan the first few paragraphs of each document and decide whether they wish to read on. Here are some tips to help you create a resume that will get you noticed:
- Determine the position and industry you want to target. Then make an outline of your presentation and fill in the details of your background. Make sure you keep the focus on your target.
- The general rule for page length is 1-page for typical entry level college students and 2 pages for everyone else. There can be exceptions to this but the longer the resume, the less likely it will be read. So make sure your document is concise.
- Don't include personal information (marital status, children, ethnicity) on a US style resume. Note that this information is generally acceptable when you make an international resume/CV.
- Make sure to put your name on the first line at the top of your resume in a large font with your contact information immediately below it.
- Use a summary section "intro" on your resume to give the reader a brief idea of your background. Make this section very short and strong.
- Include a bulleted list in the experience section of your resume to showcase your accomplishments. Make these statements short and strong.
- Use a font size between 10 and 12 for the body text of your resume. Make sure to choose a font that's compatible with applicant tracking systems that many employers use.
- Watch the tone of your resume. Make sure you don't write in an arrogant, pompous, or self-serving manner. You're going to have a tough time selling yourself to a prospective employer if he/she feels you're talking down to them.
- Make sure your resume is accurate and be honest with what you say. It's OK to present yourself in the best light you can but an outright lie can hurt you later on if the truth comes out. It happens all the time.