10 Resume Tips That Will Get You Hired
The work force is more competitive than ever before. Follow these tips will help you land your next job.
Choose a Basic Font
It's best to stick with a basic font so the employer can scan through your resume quicker and more fluidly. Stick with Arial, Helvetica or Times New Roman.
As far as font size, go with 11pt or 12pt font.
Use Resume Paper When Printing
Nowadays, most resumes are sent electronically. However if you get a job interview, its always nice to bring a fresh copy of your resume on a quality resume paper. This will help your resume stand out from the rest that are printed on lightweight printer paper.
Include All Your Contact Information
All your contact information should be on your resume. This includes your full name, address, phone number, emails address and link to your website if applicable.
Research Yourself Online
When your employer selects you as a qualified candidate, their next step will be researching you online. It can be surprising how many people post ridiculous posts and photos of themselves online and as a result, miss an interview opportunity.
Use Proper File Format When Emailing
Unless the employer specifies the format for sending a resume, you should stick with PDF. PDF's render the same on all computers, unlike Microsoft Word format. You can use Microsoft Word to build your resume and save it as PDF format.
Experience Before Education
Work experience is the single most important thing to include on your resume unless your a recent graduate. Employers hire with experience in mind. That being said, only include work experience from the last 10-12 years of your career. What you did 20+ years ago is more often than not, irrelevant in today's market.
The general rule of thumb for the length of your resume is 1 page for every 10 years of experience. In most cases young people should be able to have a successful 1 page resume. Extending your resume beyond 2 pages and you will dilute your content with meaningless context. You have to remember that employers can receive several hundred resumes for a job listing. They simply do not have time to initially read your resume word for word.
Employment Gaps and Short Work History
Your work experience is the most important part of your resume. It can also tell a lot about your career habits. Job jumping is when you consistently start and leave a job within 2 years. You may think your building your resume by doing this, but to an employer it shows you may not be reliable. Nobody will want to hire you if you are incapable of staying with a company for more than a year. If you have employment gaps on your resume, be sure to be prepared to explain those gaps during your interview.
Proof Read Lots
Have several of your friends also proof read your resume.
It's surprising how often typos make their way on a resume. Microsoft Word sometimes misses typos so it's important that you read and check your resume several times. It's strongly recommended to have several of your friends and family members proof read your resume. There is nothing more embarrassing than having an employer point out a simple spelling mistake on your resume.
Customize Your Resume
When building a resume, you should use a sniper approach which is when you target your resume for a specific job by injecting it with relevant keywords and work history. If you submit a resume with irrelevant work history and skill sets, don't expect a call.