When writing a perfect resume, it’s important that you have enough achievements, experience and skills to show. But the resume’s appearance itself is also important for it will assess your ability to write or produce a good product or outcome. So having a clean, concise and an intelligently made resume will sure complement those achievements and skills of yours and help you get more attention from employers.
Here are our 9 resume writing tips on making that resume awesome:
So you’re done writing all the necessary information on your resume, and now we need to format it well. It’s better to have the default 1-inch margin on both sides of your resume. This way your resume will look clean and the employer can write some comments on your resume with that 1 inch of a space.
Try to avoid using fonts that are quirky and those that stand out. Try to use default fonts like Cambria, Calibri, Times New Roman, Arial, Century Gothic, etc. For me, I’ll bet on Arial, always.
2. Make it Concise
The resume is more pleasing to the eye when it’s concise and well summarized. Fine, you have a lot of achievements and skills, but try to summarize those info that you think are not that important. Trust me, thick resumes are not that attractive.
3. Avoid Colorful Resumes
Don’t make your resume look like you live in the era where the technicolor movie industry just began! Avoid making your resume colorful, for it would only reduce its professional feel. Only use black ink when making a resume. And besides you are not applying as a designer or a graphic artist.
4. Character References
Only place important character references. In truth, it is best to write only a couple or three (or even less) of your seniors as a character reference. Try to include those who know you most or those who have worked with you for a long period of time.
5. Adding Your Skills is a Plus
Let’s say you’re good at writing, or have an experience in publishing, add them to your resume! Try to write those skills that you have especially those that can be of good use to the work you’re applying for, writing skills not in the job description would also help the employers see your versatility.
6. And Avoid…
Some information won’t do you any good if you write it on your resume. These include your political views, religious affiliation and such. Try to avoid placing these on your resume unless absolutely necessary.
7. Keep it Updated
Make sure to regularly update your resume as being a professional includes countless experiences that need to be put on your paper like seminars attended and new skills that you’ve obtained.
8. Avoid Clutter
Don’t make your resume jammed with letters and texts. Sure it’s better to have one or two pages at most, but enough white spaces will help your resume look more readable and less straining to the eye.
9. Bring an Extra copy
Last but not the least, if you’re going to submit your resume as a hard printed copy, make sure that you use a good printer (laser printers usually do the job). Placing your resume in a plain white folder would also help it to remain clean and presentable. And always bring an extra copy!
On the other hand, if you are to submit your resume via email or online, don’t name your document as “resume.doc”. Go for something specific like “JohnSmith_Resume.doc”.
Perfecting your resume is good, but remember that having a great resume does not mean that you surely have the job done. Other factors are also important to get that job. So what’s important is for you to do your best and beat those employment tests and interviews, and together with your amazingly made resume you surely will get the attention of those huge employers.