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Determine the resume’s purpose and direction.The primary purpose of the resume is to attract theemployer and get an interview. If your resume’s purpose isto get a marketing job, then you’ll want to try to aim yourresume to focus on marketing. Seems simple, but manypeople fail at customizing their resume.
Pay attention to typographyIt would be best to stick with 11 or 12 font size and useeither Arial or Times New Roman. I don’t believe in goingtoo crazy with font. Simple is best.
Negative InformationDon’t ever mention any negative information on yourresume, including that of your previous employer. Staypositive, champ!
Avoid colorUnless you’re a graphic designer or photographer. Colormight be alright for startup tech firms, but never forcorporate jobs.
Use bullet pointsAvoid using long texts or paragraphs. Keep in mind thatemployers don’t have the time to read a bibliography. Justhighlight the most important ones.
It’s OK to go over one pageThis is maybe the largest myth with resumes. Just make sure that if you goover one page, all of the information is valid and shows your value to thecompany and the open role.
Avoid using a PDFWhile it looks nice, try to stay with .doc’s. The reasonbeing is that most organizations use an applicant trackingsystem (ATS) to review and receive resumes. Not allsystems will scan the PDF for information.
The sections you should include are:Name/Contact Info, Education, Career History, and Skills.Some people like to use an objective statement, but Ibelieve that is best for the cover letter. Instead of anobjective, try maybe adding in a profile section, or an areathat you can highlight a few of your skills oraccomplishments up top that you’re most proud of.
When you write down your strengths: You have to back it up with work experienced or real life situations. If possible, look for quantifiable information. Example, “Helped raise $400,000 in one year. This was a 150% increase from the previous year”. Remember, it’s almost always about money and what you can bring to the organization.
Title your resume in a way...that it is easy to find it for the employer. If you email it asan attachment, don’t save it as “MyResume”. Try usingyour last name, position title, etc. Some examples areDeMatteoResume, SmithMarketingResume, andLarryDavidResume. Make sense?
No pictures.Keep pictures off of your resume. If a company reallywants to see you, they may head over to your LinkedInprofile, where pictures are acceptable.
When putting information undereach position..the most valuable information should come first. Basically,your top bullet points should be most directly related to thecompany. Doing this will ensure they are seen.
White space is critical!Please make sure to go easy on your reader’s eyes.Adding white space between each section will help yourreader distinguish between each grouped section. It mayforce it to go over one or two pages, but that’s OK.
Keep personal information outInformation about your family, religion, sexual preference,is right near the top of what’s not needed on the resume. Itshould be strictly business. Once you’re hired you canopen up a bit about personal matters if you’d like.
Resume paper is not neededWe don’t care what kind of paper you use. As long as theinformation is solid, we can clearly read the resume, andyou have the skill we need, then we really don’t give adamn about the paper. Save yourself some coin, and useregular white paper for your resume.