Your resume is often the only chance you have to grab a recruiters’ attention and get you to that next step – a job interview. Below are the top 7 resume writing tips to help you get started.
- Is it time for a new email address? – If you’re still using a cute email address from high school, it’s time for an update. A professional email address should use your initials or your full name, nothing else. (i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com)
- Use easy to read fonts – keep fonts sized between 9 and 12 points. You want your resume to be pleasing to the eye for the person reading it.
- Use a clean, well-spaced layout – similar to the last point, layout is important for readability. Negative space is your friend.
- Start with your most recent experience first – The order of your job experience should be from newest to oldest. List relevant accomplishments as bullet points under each job. Not every position needs to be included – consider limiting this section to the last two positions. Include start and end dates.
- Keep your resume succinct, to the point, and restricted to one page – A few short, well-worded bullet points per section is all that is needed. If your resume runs over one page, it’s time to shorten it. Check your margins and font size (as well as your content) for adjustments to save on space.
- Proofread – Spelling and grammar are very important. One mistake can cost you a callback.
- Tailor your resume to the job you are applying for – Use keywords that may have been listed on the job description or that fit the specific position. If possible, include a cover letter to introduce yourself, show that you have done your research on the company, and the job you’re applying for is important to you. Potential employers want to see enthusiasm from potential employees.
We hope these tips help make the process of writing the perfect resume easier. Do you have any tips to add? Let us know in the comments!