Harriette Elena February 5, 2021 Resume
Never overcrowd the resume. Leave some ”white space” so that important points can appear to pop out. Never, ever, submit a resume with handwritten corrections. You can highlight sections of a resume by using a different typeface or size or by using ”bullet points.” If possible, use larger font, and bold, for the headings used in the separate sections of the resume. It is important that you don‘t try to be too fancy by using different colors and cute graphics. A simple, structured, factual resume is all you need.
Of equal importance is the overall appearance of your resume. The first thing any potential employer, or personnel manager, evaluating your resume will notice is it‘s appearance. There are a number of things you can do to improve on the overall appearance of your resume. Using a higher quality of paper to print your resume on is easily the simplest thing you can do if you are sending a potential employer a printed copy of your resume. Pick out a nice looking, more expensive grade of paper. The next thing to consider is the quality of the content in the resume. It‘s very important that you make sure the writing on your resume looks good so be sure to use a clear and easy to read font.
For a good number of folks, job search equals resume. Job search equals scanning as many help wanted pages as possible and mailing resumes wherever possible. It also includes attending as many job fairs as possible. And lastly, it would include applying to as many online job postings as possible on Monster.com or Careerbuilder.com or any job board on the internet. Wow, that is just depressing! How many, many resumes must a person send out before realizing that this is a broken path for many of us. For every successful job seeker, I am guessing there are probably many, many more that did not succeed. Although I have mixed feelings about the value or viability of sending out resumes to openings, I would not dispute the importance of a well-constructed resume. My only concern is how it is used. I am a big believer in Richard Bolles‘ statement that resumes are something you leave behind versus something you send ahead.
Less than 5% of job seekers take the time to invest in a professional, high quality resume. Do you think, of all those potentially qualified applicants, if you are the one with the resume that stands out, that your chances of being selected might increase exponentially? Once you have been selected to take part in the interview process, then it is up to you to communicate, to the potential employer, that you are not only the best qualified applicant but you are also ready, willing, and able to do the job at the highest level.
In addition to just looking impressive, the content must be doubly compelling, as it‘s the content that drives the employer to pick up the phone, not just a pretty design. Most intelligent professionals, upon taking the time to review both presentation and content, are able to decide what whether or not a resume is compelling. Not seeing a sample is almost a sure sign that this service merely ”types” resumes rather than actually composing marketing documents designed to impress the employer. Conclusion - If you aren‘t impressed with the samples or don‘t see any at all, it may be best to keep on looking!
Job-hunting in the 21st century lends itself to all types of great conveniences. Whereas once upon a time, you had to reference a book in order to construct a great resume, today technology is here to help us navigate the perils of crafting this very important document. Resume builders (sometimes called resume wizards) are a great way to bypass common resume pitfalls. Why attempt a resume all alone when there are quick and easy ways to build one via our modern technology?