A resumé is the epitome of a first impression.
If it’s well written and thoughtfully arranged, a resumé can help a candidate’s chances of employment. On the other hand, if a resumé looks like it belongs on mom’s refrigerator along with the rest of the second grade art disasters, it might need some revamping.
There are certain criteria or resumé standards that every document of it’s kind must meet in order to be employer ready.
A solid resumé can be a helpful interview sidekick whereas a resumé that’s lacking can get an employee kicked to the curb. Luckily, there are some helpful tips to follow when putting together that make or break document.
The Template isn’t Trivial
Resumé templates come in all different styles and fonts.
Depending on the job type, a resumé can either be traditional (which is the safest route) or a bit more contemporary for those applying to the arts or advertising.
Regardless of the type of employment, it’s always a smart move to choose a template that will display the applicant’s qualities clearly and in a straightforward manner. The last thing an employer wants to do during the application process is decipher the Rosetta Stone of resumés due to font choice or layout.
If college degrees are head of the class in terms of resumé content, knock them back a peg and put experience first. Education is great and should be included on the document, but employers want to see experience first and foremost.
If there’s a lack of experience, then education is a great placeholder until that experience is gained. Just remember to mention if those college degrees led to any volunteer work or internships. Just because it wasn’t a paid gig doesn’t mean it wasn’t work.
Careful with Content Choice
Including interesting jobs and experiences will make one resumé stand out from the next. So, list any peculiar jobs and activities in order to display versatility. Also, past accomplishments are a great way to get that resumé noticed.
In terms of what not to include in a resumé, it’s a pretty good idea to leave jokes, political views, and personal opinions off the page. If a resumé begins to feel too much like a diary, put it under the bed where it belongs and start over.
Tailor to the Job
On average, an employer takes 5 to 10 seconds to peruse a resumé.
Make the resumé that much more attractive by tailoring it to the job being applied for. In other words, tweak the document to include keywords and phrases that are in-line with the type of employment.
Along with ensuring that a resumé relates to the type of work, researching the employer ahead of time is also good practice. Not only will this help with deciding what information to include on the resumé, the employer will be impressed with the candidate’s abundance of company knowledge.
So, whether it’s a template that pleases the masses or mentioning one’s stint as a volunteer cactus horticulturist, a great resumé can and sometimes will secure the position desired.
Just make sure the information included in the document is pertinent, appropriate, engaging, and doesn’t resemble anything from grade school.
About the Author: Adam Groff is a freelance writer and free-spirited content creator. He specializes in writing content on anything from personal health togray hair causes to resumé tips that will make any employer fill with joy.