Getting ready to put your education to work and apply for a job? A strong resume will help you stand out from the competition and increase your chances of getting an interview. Read on for five resume writing tips you need to know.
- Be selective in the experience you include. Think of your resume as a high-level summary of your career experience designed to market yourself to a prospective employer. It’s not necessary to include every bit of work experience. Focus on recent job experience that is directly related to the career you are pursuing.
- Try to not exceed one page. You want your resume to be as concise as possible, keeping in mind that the hiring manager will likely have many resumes to review. If you have a significant amount of relevant work experience and education, two pages is acceptable. But trying to keep it to a single page will help you focus and be concise.
- Keep the formatting simple. Use a basic font that is easy to read—both for hiring managers and applicant tracking systems. Fonts such as Arial, Calibri, Helvetica and Times New Roman are good options. Use a font size between 10 and 12, and leave some white space on the page. You can use a different font or typeface for section headings, but be consistent.
- Avoid grammar and spelling mistakes. Submitting a resume with typos and grammatical errors is not going to look good to prospective employers. After all, attention to detail is likely one of the skills they are going to be looking for.
- Don’t forget your contact information! If the hiring manager wants to set up an interview, you want to make it easy for them to get in touch with you. Be sure to include all of your contact information, including full name, street address, city and state, telephone number and email.
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