Resumes tips

Select a professional, readable font.

When deciding what font to use for your resume, keep in mind that it should be clear and easy to read. Making sure employers don’t have to work to understand words on your resume is the most important factor when choosing a font. It is also helpful if your resume is sent through an applicant tracking system. Many employers use an ATS, which doesn’t always read and interpret intricate fonts well. You should also avoid “light” or “thin” fonts which can sometimes be difficult for people to read on a screen or paper. Related: How To Write an ATS-Friendly Resume There are two main categories of fonts — serif and sans serif. Serif fonts have tails while sans serif fonts do not. Sans serif fonts (or fonts without tails) are generally good fonts for resumes because they have clean lines that are easy to read. There are fonts like Georgia, however, that are still widely accepted among employers as simple and professional. Here are several examples of the best resume fonts: Related: Best Font for a Resume: How To Choose Type and Size

Make your font size 10 to 12 points.

Another factor in making your words clear and readable is setting an appropriate font size. Generally, you should stay between 10 and 12 points. If you have a shorter resume and are trying to fill space, select a 12-point font. Anything larger might appear unprofessional. If you have a lot of information on your resume, start with a 10-point font and increase it if you have space. If your resume is still more than one page with a 10-point font, avoid reducing your font further. Instead, see if there is an opportunity to make your ideas more concise. You can do this by removing any irrelevant or extraneous information, combining ideas or making your ideas briefer with shorter sentences and fewer filler words. For example, here’s a sentence in a resume that can be shortened: “Performed inventory audits every month and discovered issues with over-ordering — executed an organization solution across all teams which resulted in a 10% increase in revenue over the next two quarters.” Make your ideas concise and remove filler words to include only the core value of your statement: “Performed regular inventory audits, identifying and solving over-ordering issues to achieve 10% revenue increase.” Here are a few other ways you can use to make a shorter resume: Related: Q&A: How Long Should a Resume Be?

Feature section headers

Bolding, underlining or increasing the font size by one or two points for section headers can help employers quickly find the information they are looking for. Be careful when formatting section headers—they should be differentiated from the section body in a clean, professional way. You can stylize your headers in a few different ways: You can also apply these styles to your name and contact information at the top of your resume. This information should be the first thing employers see, and it should be easy to read and reference. Pro tip: When differentiating section headers, avoid inserting lines that span across the page. Often, when an ATS reads a formatting element like this, errors will occur like scrambled text which can make your resume difficult to decipher. Related: Resume Headings for Listing Your Experience

Use bullet points where appropriate.

Using bullet points in your experience, skills or education sections allows employers to easily read the most relevant information from your background. Bullet points should be used to list your achievements. Avoid using only one or two bullet points in a single section — if you have less than three pieces of information, simply list them without bullets in sentence form or use other punctuation to separate different ideas. For example, when describing a role you’ve held in the experience section of your resume, you would use bullets to communicate how you were successful in that role: In the education section, you might not have three or more ideas to share, so it might look something like this without bullet points: CORAL SPRINGS UNIVERSITY, May 2020Juris DoctorFlorida Bar Board Certified Related: Using Bullet Points To Make Your Resume More Readable (With Examples)

Ask for feedback.

After you’ve finished writing and formatting your resume, ask trusted friends or colleagues to review it. It can be helpful to have an outside perspective and feedback. While they should look for grammar and spelling mistakes you might have missed, they should also pay attention to your formatting. Ask them to look for readability, consistency and a professional look and feel. Related: 27 Proofreading Tips That Will Improve Your Resume

Do Highlight Your Achievements

Indeed, highlighting your achievements (whether it be relevant experience, accomplishments, or any other) gives a clear idea to the recruiters about your relevancy to the job opportunity. Meanwhile, you’re recommended to mention and highlight the more important & relevant achievements first. Though you’re not required to mention these achievements in detail and can include in a concise way such as Implemented New Processes or Worked on Particular Projects, etc. Moreover, you are also recommended to not highlight any obvious or unnecessary skills as it can create a negative impact on the interviewer.

Do Write a Concise Resume

The first and foremost thing you need to keep in mind while creating a resume is – Keep it short and concise!  Recruiters usually don’t want to spend much time on assessing your resume and prefer to look over the concise resume. Meanwhile, you’re recommended to create a one-page resume as it is most-preferred by the interviewers. Furthermore, if you have relatively more work experience and you need to go for a two-page resume or more then you must try to make it relevant and epigrammatic.

Do Customize Your Resume Accordingly

Indeed, you’re required to customize your resume regularly according to the particular job descriptions. The recruiters usually do the screening process of picking out the relevant and worthwhile resume through searching for the specific keywords related to the required skills, qualifications, experience, etc. for the job. Hence, you’re required to update your resume insights regularly and showcase the skills on your resume relevant to the particular job profile. Moreover, the process of regular customization of the resume is also necessary for situations like the change of contact information, skill up-gradation, etc.

Actually read the job description.

There is no excuse to just glance through the “required experience” bullets, think you’re a good fit, and hit apply. Failing to pay attention to the details of the job description not only hurts your application (hint: tailoring your resume/cover letter for a job starts with what you see in the description), it also can lead to crucial mistakes in your application.You may fail to address things that are missing in your work experience, such as years of work in a specific industry. You may not see that the job has hours that don’t fit your lifestyle, or that the company you’re applying to is not a good cultural fit for you. Any of these mistakes can lead to a time waste for both you and the recruiter/hiring manager.

File types.

When you're emailing your resume to someone, send it in a PDF format. PDFs feel cleaner and easier to read, and your formatting won't get messed up from one computer to the next (varying versions of Word, other word processors, etc...).When you're applying online and sending your resume in to an ATS (Resumator, Taleo, etc...), use .doc or .docx as file types. Keep your resume clean. Avoid tables and columns, and go for simplicity over flair. This will minimize the chances that the ATS will mess up the way it reads your resume.

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