Whether you already have a resume or if you are only starting the process of writing a resume, these tips can be implemented quickly and easily
Job seekers often forget or overlook certain items that could be invaluable to their resumes.
Here is a list of 10 tips and tricks to help you succeed in writing your first resume and updating your existing resume.
- Extracurricular Activities
- Contact Information
- Email Address
- Font Size
- Resume Layout
Always include a career objective on your resume. This is a great way of expressing a little bit of your own character in your resume. Try to be authentic to yourself when writing this and refrain from using standard paragraphs copied off the internet.
Include as much detail here as possible. If you do not have much work experience you could always include a life experience or a project experience. You should also try to list any achievements you received as part of these experiences. Also, use reverse chronological order to list your experiences (i.e. list from most recent experiences)
Skills is one of the most important parts of a resume as this is probably the easiest way for a recruiter to check if your are a match for the job. In order to make sure that your skills match the job you need to thoroughly read through the job description in order to understand which skills the job requires.
4. Extracurricular Activities
Most employers are looking for well rounded individuals to add to their workforce. This is great section to illustrate to them that you are more than just work. A large part of a recruiters job is to ensure that you are a match with the organizational culture.
Always ensure that your resume is neat, tidy and most importantly, easily readable. Recruiters look at thousands of resumes, if your resume looks untidy and unorganized they will more than likely just skip past it.
6. Contact Information
Always ensure that your contact information is correct. It may sound simple, but this could be the only way that the employers is able to get hold of you for an interview.
7. Email Address
Make sure that you use a professional email address and not some weird looking address you created in the 5th grade. You can use email platforms such as Google or Outlook, but just be sure to try and keep it simple. Try to stick to your name and surname.
8. Font Size
Font size could really make a difference. Make sure that the font size in your resume is at least 10 points. Anything smaller than that will cause the recruiter to squint and struggle to read your resume.
Try to emphasize important aspect you would like to highlight in your resume. This can easily be done by using either bold, italics or capital letters. Just don’t use it too much. Subtle hint are great!
10. Resume Layout
One of the most important aspect of your resume s the actual look and feel of the resume. Not all of us are graphics designers and therefore we recommend using a professionally designed resume template. Here are some great resume templates available.