You’ve found the perfect job and you’re definitely qualified, but you’re just not sure your resume shows it. You have about 25 seconds as a hiring manager scans this to make a big first impression. So what makes a great resume? Let’s take a look at some resume basics so you can walk into that interview with confidence.
- Work Experience: When listing work experience it’s not about listing job descriptions, but rather identifying accomplishments. Focus on what you did in the job, not what your daily tasks were. Within these experiences, quantify your accomplishments. This shows you are a problem solver and can help a company improve.
- Keep it to One Page: Keeping your resume to a single page will help your statements be short and concise. Showing only relevant and important experience. Once you’ve condensed your information and it’s still longer than a page, you might consider a different layout or font.
- Conservatively Stand Out: Remember you only have 25 seconds to impress the hiring manager, so how can your resume stand out above the rest without being too bold? Try keeping a standard layout for your resume but add a pop of color. Whether that be with your headers/titles or maybe a block of color to highlight specific text. Just remember, your resume may be printed in black and white. So give it a test run by printing it out both in color and black and white to see what it looks like.
- Use Keywords: Look over the job description and pull out keywords that are said frequently or that are emphasized. Be sure these are included in either your resume or cover letter. This will show the hiring manager your materials are customized to this job and that you have attention to detail.
- Proofread Multiples Times: The first thing a hiring manager is going to find is a spelling error, and this does not look good for you. Be sure to re-read your resume multiple times. You might even grab a friend to look over it too. Spell check doesn’t always catch errors.