In today’s technologically infused business world, the art of resume writing faces an entirely new level of scrutiny. After all, before a human hiring manager takes a look, the resume is often scanned by software and graded on a number of basic factors. Therefore, in order for you to land an interview and stand out, it’s more important than ever that you craft a great resume.
Learning how to write a five-star resume can help you simplify your job search, place you higher on callback lists, and increase your likelihood of landing that dream job. Read on for some top formatting tips, and you’ll have a respectable resume in no time!
1. Function before fashion
Depending on your personal and professional circumstances, there are a number of ways to design or format your resume. It is always best to have your resume ordered in a way that’s chronological, functional, and to-the-point. Choose a format that best fits your work history, education, background, and skill-set. Don’t overuse italics, bold, or all-caps and selecting simple and readable fonts is always a best practice.
2. Order of information
The top third of your resume is the most important section of the paper. You want to include all of your contact information (full name, street address, city, state, zip code, phone number and email address). If you have a LinkedIn profile or professional portfolio website, make sure to include links to these as well. Following your contact information, the most relevant content should be displayed first; students and recent graduates should list their educational information first, followed by jobs and internships, whereas seasoned professionals should list work experience first. Use bullet points to list your key accomplishments under each of the positions you include.
3. Beat the bots
A number of applications submitted online are often run through HR software that sifts through keywords, grammatical errors and other details before an HR staff member reads it . When you upload your resume to an online job site, a system will scan through keywords that match the job you’re applying for. Therefore, craft all of the language you use strategically, to ensure your job descriptions sound both relevant and impressive.
4. Show statistics
While creative word choices could make resume stand out, it’s not the only tool available. When possible, turn to the numbers! While not all of your achievements will quantifiable, including statistics in certain areas (with phrases like “increased sales output by 87% over 4 months”) will provide employers concrete data that supports your qualifications. Don’t forget to display your accomplishments as well by listing the honors or awards you have received.
5. Be selective
Remember–you have one page to sell yourself (two pages if you have more than 10 years of experience in a given field). Be selective, and make it count! The more cluttered your resume looks, the less likely that it will hold the hiring manager’s attention. Pick and choose the most relevant and important experiences in relation to the job for which you’re applying. Be straightforward with your descriptions–no one wants to read a resume full of run-on sentences.
Whether you’re applying for your first job or trying to make a career change, it all starts out with your resume. Don’t let this one simple document hinder your chances of getting a job interview; be sure to follow the tips above, and you’ll be on your way to interviews in no time! If you’re seeking employment and want an even greater boost to your employability arsenal, turn to the experts at Oggi. You could say we’re accounting, finance and sales recruiters, but really we’re so much more. Take a look at our list of current opportunities, and let us help you find that dream career!
Note: This article uses information adapted from an original article by Kristen Bahler for Time.com. A link to this article may be accessed below.