Constructing a résumé can be stressful, especially when you barely have an idea about what to put down on that blank document. Your résumé should showcase your accomplishments, while portraying why you’re the right candidate for the position, and this can be challenging.
Generally, when employers are seeking the right candidate they take a few moments to scan your document to seek out any qualifications and experience. Sometimes, your résumé is first read by a computer software tool which picks up certain words that the employer is looking for.
This mostly occurs in large corporations that have thousands and thousands of résumés to go through. If you’re feeling the pressure now, don’t! We’re here to share a few tips that will help you compose a résumé that will bring you a step closer to the job you are looking for.
Attention: The start of your résumé is what employers review first and quickly. Your introduction should include your full-name, your professional email, current address (optional-but do place your city of residence), and phone-number.
Many candidates include a photo of themselves on a résumé, however, we recommend not doing so. Employers want to look at your qualifications and experience, not how you look at the time. Employers want to meet you and learn more about you during an interview.
Education: For some jobs, part of the qualifications employers are seeking is your educational accomplishments. Whether it is a High School Diploma, College Diploma, Masters Degree, or Industry-related Certificate, employers want to see your education. This will make you a stronger candidate.
Experience: This is the most important section in your entire résumé. This section showcases your ability to perform the tasks of the job and how versatile and qualified you are for that job. Often real-world experience in the field can make up for the lack of a degree.
Your experience should include places in which you have gained valuable and relevant experience such as, internships, volunteer work, and professional roles.
In each role you should highlight your key tasks with emphasis on how you were a valuable addition to your organization. Try to stick to 3 to 4 bullet points for each role. Your use of words in this section is extremely important, which is why you should refrain from using words such as, ‘responsible’ or ‘diligent’ and use words such as, ‘established’ and ‘created’.
Self-Promotion: You can include any accomplishments or achievements you have earned. This can include awards or certificates of completion. This section will show the employer that you have accomplished certain things throughout your professional or academic career which illustrates that you have a drive to succeed.
Layout: A simple layout is always best. If your layout is too confusing, employers don’t want to put in extra work to review it.
Page Length: Try to keep it to two pages maximum.
Font size and Font: Keep it simple. Stick to a font size 11-12, and use Times New Roman or Arial font.
Full Sentences or Bullet points: Use bullet points always. Keep it clear and concise, but also strong and to the point which will make you stand out as a candidate.
Sometimes, depending on the position that you’re applying for, it is important to have a portfolio to showcase your past work. Potential employers enjoy nothing more than to see what you have done in the past and what you can bring to their company.
For example, if you are applying for a position that requires creativity or writing skills, you may include some writing or art samples. Keep in mind that every job is different, so don’t be afraid to frame your experience appropriately and honestly to illustrate relevance to the job you are applying for.
Now that you have learned a few tips on how to create a thorough and strong résumé, we wish you the best of luck in your job search. Don’t forget that we’re hiring too! If you’re interested apply online today.