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Format your résumé wisely and choose a font that is easy to read, both for hiring managers and applicant management systems.
- Use a 10- or 12-point font.
- Use basic fonts like Ariel, Verdana, Calibri, and Times New Roman.
- Make section headers larger or bold.
- Resumes that are well-organized, easy to read, and perfectly laid out make the review process easier for the hiring manager and catches his or her attention.
- Keep résumé length between one and two pages.
- No fancy formatting is needed. Simple is better.
Give a complete work and education history.
- List jobs in chronological order from current to oldest.
- Give complete information, including job title, your reason for leaving, and your wage.
- List all work history relevant to the position you are applying for, regardless of how long ago.
- Be sure to list your education level.
- List any certifications you have that are relevant to the position.
Identify accomplishments, not just job descriptions.
- Focus on what you did on the job, not what your job was.
- Avoid using generic descriptions of past jobs.
- Accomplishments should be unique to you, not just what someone else did.
Sell your skills and strengths.
- Highlight your specific achievements.
- Quantify your achievements (e.g., percentages, dollars, and number of employees).
- Work backward to quantify your accomplishments by asking, If I had not done X, what could have happened?
Tailor your résumé to the industry and job you are applying for and match their needs.
- Use key words listed on the company website or in the job description and match them to bullet points in your résumé.
- See if there are minimum and preferred qualifications for the position and be sure address them in your résumé.
Replace your objective statement with a career summary.
- A career summary gives a brief overview of who you are and what you do. Grab a hiring manager’s attention from the outset.
- Most objective statements sound too similar and do not stand out.
Use action words.
- Use verbs like prepared, managed, developed, presented, monitored, and initiated.
Be sure to use spelling and grammar check.
- Have a second person review your résumé to catch any errors not detected by electronic checks.