Secrets To Building A Great Resume
Your resume is the best tool that can help you get your foot in the door when you’re applying for jobs. Think of it as your first impression but on “paper” or a 2D first impression. Therefore it is essential that you get it right the first time.
As such, Traitily.com has worked out our Top Ten tips on building the perfect resume for your convenience.
Keep it short & sweet. On average, a recruiter or hiring manager spends about 6-8 seconds per resume. This means they don’t have the time to read every single detail you wanna list down. Save that for the actual interview instead. If you have more than 10 years of working experience, then seriously leave out your high school activities. Also, you don’t have to list down your hobbies, unless your hobby includes climbing Mount Everest on a daily basis, then maybe you can put that down.
Keep It Real
Anytime something good happens in your career or you achieve something workwise, please don’t forget to update your resume. This saves you the time later on and also ensures you don’t forget any important updates.
Don’t Leave Gaps
Brushing off from the previous tip, always ensure there is a proper flow in your resume and no gaps in between months/years. Gaps make you look highly suspicious like you’re trying to cover up something. So connect all the dots and ensure the flow is correct.
One mistake that many applicants constantly do is they send the same resume to all potential employees. Stop doing that immediately! Tailor your resumes to each vacancy. If you’re applying for a job in sales, beef up on the sales aspect of your experience and reduce the years you spent working as a teacher’s aid in a kindergarten. Remember, always give your audience what they want to see. Another way to do this is to look at the company’s website and social media and use the job advert to make sure your resume is targeted to the role and employer.
Put In The Numbers
Instead of saying, “… increased sales.”, try saying “… increased sales by 75% over a period of 4 months”. Numbers always look good in a resume. So where possible, always include them. But not your height/weight. That is completely unnecessary.
Fonts! This may seem nitpicky but trust me, it is important. Avoid using any type of serif fonts or anything that devalues your professionalism (definitely no Comics Sans). Stick to Calibri or Arial. The best font size for the body text is always 10-12pts while the headings should be 14-16pts.
Make It Look Good.
Layout is important. Don’t over clutter your resume. Use columns if necessary. Remember, white space ensures clarity and makes a layout look really professional. And above all, try and keep your resume to a single page. As mentioned in the first tip, you only have 6-8 seconds to make a good first impression so make it count!
Use it. Enough said.
I Cannot Tell A Lie.
Big rule here – do not lie or over exaggerate on your resume. Cos this not only demonstrates your dishonesty to a potential employer, but there can be serious consequences too if you get caught in a lie.
Building a resume is not something that can be done immediately and usually takes two to three drafts to get the perfect outcome. So definitely invest the time and energy to do it. Get someone you trust to read through your resume for any grammar or spacing issues before sending it out to potential employers.