- Keep it Recent, Keep it Relevant:
a rule, you should only show the most recent 10-15 years of your
career history and only include the experience relevant to the
positions to which you are applying. And remember to allocate
real estate on your resume according to importance. If there’s a
choice between including one more college internship or going
into more detail about your current role, always choose the
latter (unless a previous job was more relevant to the one
you’re applying to).
- Keep it Simple:
talk about getting creative in order to stand out in a minute.
But the most basic principle of good resume formatting and
design? Keep it simple. Use a basic but modern font, like
Helvetica, Arial, or Century Gothic. Make your resume easy on
hiring managers’ eyes by using a font size between 10 and 12 and
leaving a healthy amount of white space on the page. You can use
a different font or typeface for your name, your resume headers,
and the companies for which you’ve worked, but keep it simple
and keep it consistent. Your main focus here should be on
readability for the hiring manager.
- Keep it to a Page:
two-(or more!) page resume is a hotly debated topic ,but the
bottom line is this—you want the information here to be concise,
and making yourself keep it to one page is a good way to force
yourself to do this. If you truly have enough relevant and
important experience, training, and credentials to showcase on
more than one page of your resume, then go for it. But if you
can tell the same story in less space. Then make only one page.
- Don’t Put Everything on There:
resume should not have every work experience you’ve ever had
listed on it. Think of your resume not as a comprehensive list
of your career history, but as a marketing document selling you
as the perfect person for the job. For each resume you send out,
you’ll want to highlight only the accomplishments and skills
that are most relevant to the job at hand (even if that means
you don’t include all of your experience).
- Make Your Contact Info Prominent:
don’t need to include your address on your resume anymore
(really!), but you do need to make sure to include a phone
number and professional email address (not your work address!)
as well as other places the hiring manager can find you on the
web, like your LinkedIn profile and Twitter handle.
- Get Help From a Professional:
that design skills aren’t your strong suit but want your resume
to look stunning? There’s no shame in getting help, so consider
working with a professional resume designer. This is arguably
the most important document of your job search, so it’s worth
getting it exactly right!.
- Avoid Empty Words:
words shouldn’t you include? Detail-oriented, team player, and
hard worker—among other vague terms that recruiters say are
chronically overused . We bet there’s a better way to describe
how awesome you are.
- Experience First, Education Second:
you’re a recent graduate, put your education after your
experience. Chances are, your last couple of jobs are more
important and relevant to you getting the job than where you
went to college.
- List Out Your Skills:
sure to add a section that lists out all the relevant skills you
have for a position, including tech skills like HTML and Adobe
Creative Suite and any industry-related certifications. Just
make sure to skip including skills that everyone is expected to
have, like using email or Microsoft Word. Doing so will actually
make you seem less technologically savvy.
- Show—Don’t Tell—Your Soft Skills:
soft skills on a resume often starts to sound like a list of
meaningless buzzwords, fast. But being a “strong leader” or an
“effective communicator” are important characteristics you want
to get across. Think about how you can demonstrate these
attributes in your bullet points without actually saying them.