The thought of searching for another job is exhausting. What to wear, what to say, when to arrive, where to even apply! Just as important is making certain that your resume is not only up-to-date but also eye-catching; one that will stand out among all the others your potential employer will receive. How do you do that? Here are a few pointers from my friend and colleague, Adria Keuning, who just happens to read resumes for a living as the manager of talent at our workplace:
- Make certain that there are no typos or grammatical errors. It really does matter.
- Keep formatting (such as fonts, bullets, etc.) consistent.
- Give detail when spelling out your job responsibilities from previous or current employment, but don’t go beyond ten years of employment history.
- List your accomplishments—how have you added value for your employers?
- White space is fine; you really don’t have to fill in every spot.
- Include all of your contact information.
- Include an email address that is professional and does not include your birth year; that is, avoid using email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Only include college education if you’ve earned a degree or are currently completing one.
- Provide no more than three references.
- Do not include a picture.
- Print it on clean, nice paper if presenting it in person.
Creating a great resume shouldn’t be terribly time-consuming or intimidating. By following these simple steps, you should be able to create an amazing resume that will give your prospective employer a memorable first impression.
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These simple elements will ensure you have a resume that’s ready to work for you!