Writing A Modern Resume: 5 Tips That Can Make the Difference
Putting together a resume might seem simple, but the devil is in the details: One small mistake can easily sink your candidacy.
Therefore, it is important to cross every ‘t’ and dot every ‘i.’ Below are five tips that you should be thinking about when writing your modern resume.
1) Keep It Succinct
A resume ought to fit nicely onto less than two full pages. Needless to say, there are always valid exceptions.
Bear in mind that a resume isn't a professional autobiography. A resume is intended to give a potential employer just enough detail on your career to call for an initial phone interview. The typical hiring manager invests just 10 to 20 seconds on any given resume, meaning you don’t have long to stand out. An overly long, messy, or confusing document is the last thing you should submit. As opposed to spending one or two minutes attempting to figure out a bad resume, most hiring managers will toss it aside.
2) Choose a Readable Font
Of course, you could always go with your word processor’s default fonts, but you shouldn’t feel like that is your only option – it’s just the safest.
Selecting a unique resume font is hard, especially because there are hundreds of options available. Ensuring your resume is readable is the first consideration. You want to ensure that a possible employer can easily make out the content, whether it’s printed or on a screen. Keep in mind: A distinctive font might look odd when printed, or it may not even appear if the font isn't installed on the host system.
Fonts like Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, Trebuchet MS, and Tahoma are all safe bets.
3) Use Good Spacing and Margins
When formatting your document, you should ensure there's enough space in the margins to print properly. Experienced applicants with a lot of work experience may use wide margins to fit as much as possible on to the page. When you do this, you risk cutting off essential information. On the other hand, entry-level applicants may use narrow margins to extend the length of their document, but this can cause a resume to look unnatural and squished. A good rule of thumb is to use one-inch margins on all sides.
4) Have a Focus
Spraying one-size-fits-all resumes all over the job market might seem efficient, but it can appear like you take a 'bare minimum' approach to your career. Instead, ensure your resume is focused on the position you’re explicitly seeking by incorporating language from the job description and your most relevant achievements.
5) Check for Dumb Mistakes
Always thoroughly review your resume prior to hitting 'send.' This should include checking grammar, spelling, addresses, and proper names. If a former employer was bought out and rebranded, make sure to use the new name of the company.
It’s always a good idea to ask a trusted friend to look over your resume for typos.
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