now lets look at some tips on making your resume visually appealing too!<br />So now you have some background information on the types of resumes<br />
Tip 1: use white space<br />*Create at least a one inch margin.<br />*Leave some blank space between various sections of text.<br />*Use white space to separate sections of information.<br />
Tip 2: don’t use more than two different kinds of fonts<br />*One font is all you really need.<br />*If you use two make sure they compliment each other.<br />*If using two use one for headings and one for body text.<br />
Tip 3: Use bolding and italics sparingly<br />*Avoid underlining- studies have shown it’s hard to read.<br />*Try bolding job titles and italicizing subheadings.<br />*Don’t use it too much or it looses its effect.<br />
Tip 4: Use bullet points to emphasize skills and accomplishments<br />*Bullets make it easier for employers to scan your resume quickly.<br />*Bullets tend to grab the reader’s eye and lead it to key points.<br />*Use them to highlight skills or accomplishments.<br />
Tip 4: Be consistent<br />*For example, if you use all caps to list the name of your most recent workplace then do the same to previous workplaces.<br />*Another example is if you use bold and center the text of one heading do so for all of your headings.<br />*Being consistent helps develop a reading pattern for potential employers that will help them follow your resume easily.<br />
Tip 5: Make sure your accomplishments are measurable<br /><ul><li>The most effective accomplishments are those that can be measured.
Measurement can be in numbers such as percentages, dollar amounts, or other concrete measures of success.</li></li></ul><li>Common resume blunders<br />Just as there are tips to follow there are also blunders to avoid. <br />
Blunder #1: Too focused on job duties<br /><ul><li>Don’t just make your resume into a boring list of job duties.
Show what was required and how you made a difference, provide specific examples.
List awards, special recognitions or promotions as a result.</li></li></ul><li>Blunder # 2: flowery or general objective statement<br />*Don’t use generic goals.<br />*Replace objective with what you do or your expertise.<br />
Blunder #3: Too short or too long<br />*Don’t try to squeeze experience (if you have it) onto 1 page just to have a one page resume.<br />*Don’t ramble on about irrelevant or redundant experiences.<br />*No rule about appropriate length.<br />*When writing ask yourself, “Will this statement help me land an interview?”<br />
Blunder # 4: Using Personal Pronouns and articles<br />*No mentions of “I” or “me” and minimal use of articles.<br />*For example:<br />I developed a new product that added $2 million in sales and increased the market segment’s gross margin by 12%.<br />Should be changed to:<br />Developed new product that added $2 million in sales and increased market’s segment’s gross margin by 12%.<br />
Blunder # 5: Listing irrelevant information<br />*Only include interests if they are related to the job.<br />*Personal information such as date of birth, martial status, height and weight should not be listed unless you’re an entertainment professional or seeking employment outside the U.S.<br />
Blunder # 6: Not including a summary section that makes an initial hard sell.<br />*This is one of the greatest tools.<br />*Should demonstrate the skill level and experiences directly related to the position.<br />
Blunder # 7: Not including keywords<br /><ul><li>Many companies use technology to store resumes and retrieves resumes for jobs by keywords.
You need to spend some time reviewing job descriptions that interest you and include the words you see repeated in your resume.</li></li></ul><li>Blunder # 8: Typos<br />*One typo can mean your resume goes straight in the garbage.<br />*Proofread and let others proofread as well.<br />*Your resume is supposed to sell you and typing errors do just the opposite.<br />