Top Resume Tips from Kimberly Coghlan
When preparing a resume, the most important tenet to remember is that a resume is merely a sheet of paper. It is usually one in a stack of hundreds. Often times, the person who evaluates it is extremely busy, and a meager glance may be all the attention your resume will receive. For that reason, it is important that your resume is professional, memorable, and accurate. Creating a professional resume is a very difficult task. Hiring a professional resume writer is the best way to ensure that your resume will be stellar. However, if you do decide to write your own resume, keep these tips in mind.
Proofread, proofread, and proofread again!! If your resume has 1 grammatical error, then there’s a great chance it will be tossed.
Incorporate uniformity. Make sure that your spacing, titles, bullets, or paragraphs are equal throughout the entire resume. Multiple formats look messy. A uniformed resume is neat and professional.
As a resume writer, these are the questions I am asked the most.
Do I have to have an objective on my resume?
In the past, the traditional format for a resume always included an objective. Today, however, resumes come in all shapes and sizes. So, the simple answer is no. You don’t always have to include an objective on a resume. On professional resumes, I include an objective if my client is seeking a specific job or if he/she has minimal prior employment/experience.
How long should my resume be?
Typically, a resume should only be one page long. Some of my clients, however, have extensive training, and it’s vital to expose those skills to a potential employer. Therefore, a two-page resume is okay in such circumstances. If your resume is more than one page, though, make sure you include a header or footer that incorporates your name, your address, and your phone number. You should also number the pages. This important in case the pages get separated.
Should I include any color in my resume?
The simple answer is no. However, when I prepare a professional resume, I prepare an electronic version as well as a print version. An electronic version of a resume should have no color and no special formatting in order to ensure that formatting isn’t scrambled when a potential employer opens the file. A print resume, on the other hand, must stand out from the rest. For this reason, I always incorporate some type of special formatting, and I sometimes use colors. The colors, though, should not be bold. Try using colors like gray, brown, or navy blue.
What font should I use?
Again, on an electronic version of a resume, you should use very simple font like Times New Roman, Calibri, or Arial. These are standard fonts, and this will ensure that the integrity of the resume is preserved when opened by a traditional employer. On a print resume, however, you can vary the font type. Use a font tailored to compliment the entire resume. Do not use more than 2 font styles in the resume.
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