This month I'm giving you my best tips for making your resume sparkle!
I want your resume to not suck - and for it to be easy to read by others who have no clue what you do.
Instead use Calibri, Helvetica or Arial. They are modern, clean and easy for the eye to skim over quickly. You want your resume to look like all of these and give the impression you care enough to change out of your gym pants and into something more dressy.
But don't go all Grand Hotel over the top on us!
Tip #2: Balancing out white space - This is an easy one. Print off your resume or look at it on your screen at 75% so you can see the full page. Now squint your eyes...see where all the fuzzy dark text is? See where there is white space...you need to have white space to allow the reader's eye to have a break. It helps the reader to have that white space. But not too much! Play around with spacing in between your sections, your name and contact detail formatting, where your dates are in your experience. Check your margins so they are all nice and balanced. Avoid finishing off a page with a chunk of white space at the bottom of the page...use that space...so your resume doesn't look top heavy and flimsy.
Tip #3: Headings - Let's help the speed readers get to the point quicker...and the point? You are exactly what they are looking for! Do you have a whole laundry list of bullet points going on under your work experience? Guess what...people get lazy and stop when they see a list that is overwhelming. Group together similar bullet points and give them a heading and you just helped yourself by unburying some awesome skills.
Tip #4: make sure there is some sort of logical flow on your resume!
Please don't bury your skills on the bottom of page 2. Please don't put your 1998 degree on your first page. Please don't put hobbies or interests on there at all.
Think like the employer - if you were them and wanted the best possible fit for the job, then what would you want to see on the perfect resume? Using the job posting is a great blueprint for your resume. Usually their list of requirements is a wish list with the most important at the top and nice to have stuff at the bottom.
I hope you liked these tips and found them helpful!
Sign up to get on my email list and get in the loop on all my job search and career development advice and receive your free resume guide for people who hate resumes!