Picture this: An HR Representative sitting at their desk, staring at a pile of over 100 resumes. It has already been a long day and they are trying hard to motivate themselves to look through the resumes. You now have a few minutes to catch their eye and give them a reason to continue reading. Is your resume too long, too sloppy or how about just too boring? If you answer yes to any of those questions, odds are it will be gently placed in the round file or possibly the shredder. If you answered no, then odds are your resume will be place on the small stack that passed the first cut, which is the goal of a resume, to win an interview.
So how should your resume look? In the end it is up to you what type of format you want to use, but here are a few ideas to keep in mind. First of all, your resume needs to be professional. At a quick glance it will give the employer an idea of the effort you will put forth for the rest of your work and if your resume is done with little effort it will be very obvious and it will be an immediate turn off, trust me. It shouldn’t be typed in different colors or in a font that is nearly impossible to read; use a size 12, black, basic font.
Next, your resume should be original. It is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to market yourself, so it should be aimed at your specific situation/career. Don’t open up Microsoft Word and copy the template they have. You can use the template as a reference, but add some of your own flavor to the resume, after all it represents you. It should be personally professional; you want the Rep to feel like there is a human being attached to the resume, but they do not need to know your entire life story.
List your accomplishments. At first you may feel like you are “tooting your own horn”, but this is your chance to share your special talents with the employer. You want the employer to realize that you are someone special and it would be a mistake to let you go. You will then list all of your work experience that will serve as a back-up to your accomplishments.
Alongside your paper resume, you may consider using different social media tools to act as an online resume. Again, this is a creative, innovative way to share your information. If you have a website or a blog, list the link on the resume, it is impressive and will likely move you up the pile towards to top of the stack.
So, based on your current resume, would you hire you? If not, it’s time for a makeover, for your resume that is.