In today’s job market, employers can receive multiple applications for one job posting. This can make it difficult if there is only one position available. Having a well written and eye catching resume is vital to securing yourself an interview. When you are writing your resume think about how this document is the first impression you will make on employers looking to hire. You need to do everything you can to make sure that it stands out from that pile of other applicants’ resumes. Here are some great tips that you can keep in mind when trying to market yourself on paper.
1. Use a simple font – Using fancy fonts may grab the Hiring Manager’s attention, but not in a good way! Use a sans serif font that is easy to read such as Ariel, Veranda, or Calibri. Also, make sure the font is not too large or small.
2. Format – Use a resume template that is easy to read, and clearly organizes your information into distinct sections. You can download resume templates from Microsoft Word, or online.
3. Keep everything up to date – This includes your contact information, address, employment history, job titles, education and reference contact information.
4. Include an objective – Writing an objective gives the Hiring Manager an idea of your goals and what you want to achieve in the role.
5. Customize your resume – Make sure to list duties, responsibilities and accomplishments that show transferrable skills that can be utilized in the job you are applying for.
6. Use key words – Scan through the job description and pick out key words to include in your resume. Applicant tracking software uses key words when scanning resumes for suitable candidates.
7. List most relevant information first – This way, it is the first information the Hiring Manager sees. Due to high volumes of resumes, if the Hiring Manager initially sees irrelevant information or experience, they may not read further.
8. Short and sweet – Keep your resume between 1 to 2 pages. You do not need to include every detail of your previous jobs, just a short summary.
9. Edit – Double check your resume for spelling and grammatical errors. Have a family member or friend double check your resume as well, as they may find errors you may have missed.
If you’re looking for more tips or would like some assistance with your resume, please feel free to contact us. You can work on your resume in our Employment Resource Centre or have one of our Employment Coordinators review it. We’re here to help!