When applying for jobs, the first thing the employer or recruiter will see is your resume. A poorly written or ill formatted resume can prevent potential candidates from being noticed. A few simple revisions can dramatically increase your resume views. Take a look at these simple steps, and add a big splash to your resume.
- Center your name and contact information – It looks cleaner and is easier to read.
- Do not put your name in the header – Information will not capture properly, and your contact information could be lost.
- Write an objective statement – It is an easy way for an employer or tracking system to catch whether you are a fit for the job or not. If you apply for a mechanical engineer role but your objective statement says mechanical drafter you may get pushed to the bottom of the pile.
- Put your skills at the top of your resume not the bottom – If you have a niche skill set that not many people have utilized, an employer or recruiter will be able to find it faster.
- Put ALL job experience together in chronological order – Make sure there are detailed bullets or a summary that accurately describes your duties and accomplishments.
- Put your education at the bottom of your resume – This one seems weird but it does make a big difference for resume flow.
- DO NOT USE PDF – Just don’t. Information can be lost and formatting can become jumbled, making it hard to read.
- Use Sans Serif fonts – Arial is a good example. Please do not use Serif fonts as they do not format correctly.
- Make sure everything lines up – It makes the resume look crisp and will certainly draw attention.
- Do not add quotes or tag lines – They just look silly and will turn off employers/recruiters from contacting you.
- Don’t be afraid to put down volunteer work/college activities – But only if you have been out of school less than a few years. Putting down volunteer work doesn’t hurt what stage you are at in your employment but is not necessary either.
- And finally check for grammar/misspellings – One misspelled word and you went from a phone call to a no thank you pile.
These are just some simple ideas that can help draw attention to your resume. Hopefully they land you your dream job!
Eliana Janssen is a Recruiter with RCS Corporation.
For more information about our open positions or other job opportunities, contact Eliana at firstname.lastname@example.org.