So I have been attempting to follow Rosetta Thurman’s 31 Day Blogging Challenge. The assignment was to create a How To post. I racked my brain for several hours. I’m not sure what I know how to do. Then I thought, I’m supposed to be an expert in something, at least on my way to becoming an expert in something. Turns out I know how to review a resume! I’ve had people ask me to review their resume pretty often lately. It always surprises me when someone asks but I guess I’ve been doing a good job. So here are a couple of how to tips to tweek your resume. I know there are a lot of things out there about resume’s building but I think these few tweeks can make your resume more effective quickly.
The first think I look at with a resume is format. I know simple. Just change your font. However, really it matters, if you have to many word or too many fonts it can get a bit messy. You want the most important information to stand out its no bueno if everything is bold, underlined, and italicized. Most resumes are glanced at for a couple seconds. Keep it simple. Instead of changing fonts using bold or italics try using font size to make an impression.
Test: If you look at your resume for 10 seconds (that is a generous glance) what stands out? Depending on the job your applying for, what do you want to stand out?
Secondly margins are your friend. Try to expand your margins from 1 inch to .5 you need all the space you can get on that resume. Every .5 inch counts! Your resume is a marketing tool you want to highlight all of your best assets so do yourself a favor and give yourself more space.
Test: Did you squeeze a line or two into your resume? Can you space out the content to make it more readable or add a couple technical skills you had to leave off before?
Lastly, I know you are an over achiever, you are involved in a variety of projects you have your hands in a lot of places. You have done a lot of things you want a future employer to know how awesome you are. Besides it’s hard to fit all that you are on an 8×11 sheet of paper, right? So I’ve been suggesting to my friends that they should add their LinkedIn profile to their resume or their website. For example Lee has a great website. If an employer likes that resume you emailed over wouldn’t it be nice to let them get to know you just a bit more with a quick click?
Test: If an employer saw your resume would they want to learn more about you? If you think yes, does that LinkedIn profile add to your professional persona?
I told you it would be simple. Let me know if these tweeks helped you make a more effective resume.