When starting your career search, it's important to have an extraordinary resume. The career hunt can be a very overwhelming process and it doesn't matter if you're recent college graduate, a seasoned employee or a C Level Executive. Thankfully, there are a number of steps you can take to make sure you’re proactively setting yourself up for success. A resume is more than a piece of paper, it acts as your first impression/personal brand and can land you an interview for your ideal career. Also, remember the average recruiter looks at each resume for less than 6 seconds. So you have a very short time to highlight your qualifications/skill set.
More White Space
Remember when writing your resume that white space is your friend. White space on a resume makes it look less cluttered and more appealing. A resume that is visually appealing and easy to scan invites an employer to read it more closely.
Formatting is more important than people realize. It is important to make formatting consistent throughout the resume with clear headlines and bulleted descriptions under each position. It’s also very important to limit it to one page if possible, especially if the candidate does not have an exceptional amount of experience.
List Your Strengths
Know your strengths and highlight them throughout your resume. If you don’t believe that you’re a valuable asset to an employer, neither will the hiring manager of that company.
Memorize Your Resume
Know what is on your resume. Anything that is on your resume is fair game for an interviewee to ask about. Being able to talk intelligently about prior professional careers, skill sets, hobbies, and having examples will set you up for success.
Start with the Most Recent Job
We recommend putting your professional experience in reverse chronological order starting with your most recent position and work backwards. This way the recruiter can easily read and comprehend how the candidate progressed in his or her career over time, and can see what competencies were gained through each stage of the progression.
Know Your Audience
If you have a certain company and / or job description in mind, we suggest tailoring your resume to the company’s mission statement, core values and key words used in the specific job description. Keep in mind that recruiters need to see that your professional experience matches the job description they are looking to fill, otherwise they will not consider you for the role.
Stats and Achievements
Always include metrics. Your resume should read like a baseball card and include quotas, size of accounts, and large deals that were closed. Having these statistics under the company/title is also important and it makes easier for hiring managers to understand your accomplishments per position. Also, individuals that have been successful in the past and are able to show their accomplishments is a great indicator to companies that they will continue to be successful in the future.
Remember to ask multiple individuals their opinions. It is very beneficial to get numerous perspectives on what others like/dislike, which also helps eliminate spelling, grammar and formatting errors.