If you are looking for a job, there are a lot of factors involved that decide that you get hired or not. You need to be skilled and leave a good impression during your job interview, but a resume is also important. You can be the best person for the job and have lots of experiences, but if your resume doesn’t stand out or if it looks sloppy or incomplete, you may not get the job for that very reason. Your resume represents you and your job experiences. If you have never built a resume before, or if you are worried that your resume is not complete, or not as good as it could possibly be, read the 5 tips for building a resume that we have listed below:
1. The font
Lots of people think that a good way to be creative is to use different, unique fonts everywhere and for everything. Do not do this on your resume! Often resumes are read by applicant tracking systems, and sometimes unique fonts can not be read. Even bullet points can cause problems. A job recruiter would rather read a good, clean resume that is easy to read. Use a 10-14 type font (depending on which type of font you use, but type 12 in Times New Roman would be good, for example) so that it is easy to read. Some people think that a CV has to be a single page, but this is not true. If it’s necessary, it is better to use two pages than to scramble everything together on one page in tiny letters.
2. Best things first
On your resume there are probably plenty of jobs and accomplishments that are less relevant at this point in your life, or for a specific job that you are after. That’s why it is always better to emphasize and prioritize your most recent and most important experiences and accomplishments. Put those things before everything else. It can’t hurt to edit your resume once in a while and some people even write a custom resume when they are looking for a certain type of job. If the type of job that you are looking for now is different from the kind of job you were looking for the last time you used your resume, you might want to go over it again and see what is still relevant and maybe change the order of your accomplicements around a little bit.
3. Contact information
You are the one that wants the job, so it is upto you to make it easy for the employer to contact you. Unless if you’re really the best at something, and even then, it is rare for an employer to go through lengths to contact a potential job applicant, when they have not made enough contact information available on their resume. It is very important to give up as much of your contact information as you are comfortable with. Ideally this would include your full name, your full address, cell phone number, home phone number and your email address.
4. If you were ever unemployed
One thing that job recruiters notice is time gaps in your resume. If you have been unemployed for several months or years, it is better to explain this on your resume. With modern technology, resumes often go through an applicant tracking system, and the system points out stuff like time gaps in resumes. It is better to explain why you were unemployed than to just hope that the hiring manager overlooks the time gaps. This way you show that you are willing to explain yourself and that you take having a job seriously. Reasons for time gaps in your resume could be a ‘sabbatical’ or taking time off to be with your (new) children.
Another thing that changed with the increased usage of technology by job recruiters is the importance of keywords. Now more than ever it is necessary to use the right keywords, because an employer is likely to search for the right keywords in a pile of resumes, and if yours contains a lot of keywords it is likely to stand out and be treated first. The keywords should be the same ones that you see in job descriptions. Go online and see which keywords are used by job searchers and recruiters in different job search engines, and copy those words. Some people think that it’s a good idea to go crazy with the Thesaurus, but this often leads to the use of words that are not searched for by employers and thus overlooked.
Hopefully these tips help you. Building a resume is hardly ever fun, but you don’t need to stress it, because with modern technology it has become a lot easier to edit your resume any time. If you are unsure about how to start building a resume, you can use online tools such as Resumecompanion.com and Resumebuilder.org.