Your resume is your bridge to your coveted career. This is any employer’s first impression of you. What’s written in it will be his or her basis of setting up another screening or throwing your application to the trash bin. The latter is not a good thing, so you have to keep that happening with all that is in your power. And of course, drafting your resume to make it more marketable and appealing for a second or third look lies in your hands.
Make the first bold move to a new career with these resume-writing tips.
Remember that this is a professional tool and not your Facebook profile picture. Choose the most formal photo that you have, preferably a professional-looking one. Do not put a full body photo with your skimpy outfit, unless you are planning to land a job at America’s Next Top Model. Be as appropriate as you can be with photo. Also, do not over “photoshop” your face. The employer might have doubts if you are really the person in the resume.
Make sure to highlight your skills that fit the job you are applying for perfectly. This way, you send the impression to your potential employer that you might just be who they are looking for. Veer away from essays when relating your previous work experience, seminars, certifications and educational attainment. No one will get interested with a wordy resume. Use bullets to outline neatly your credentials. One of the most common fatal mistakes that many would oversee is putting the correct contact information. You are so eager to go on and write the whole thing, you forgot to double check you mobile and home phone number and/or your email address. Triple check contents of your resumes before sending out to employers or head hunters. And, make sure that what is in your resume are true. You might end up getting the job with an impressive resume, but failing the background check because of false information.
Unless you are applying in Disney, do not get too playful with your resume. Format should be formal. Avoid using other font colors or varied font styles. Use bold formatting when needed to highlight previous job title, schools you attended and important subheadings. Good order of listing credentials should be: educational attainment, work experience, other credentials, personal information and character reference. As much as possible, stick with the clean white paper when creating resumes, except if you are vying for a position in the creative department.