Three Easy Tips to Improve Your Resume Right Now
Sometimes you don’t have a lot of time to get your resume ready to go. When you’re in a pinch and need to get your resume in front of the right eye, right away, there are a few simple things you can do to be ready. These quick changes will make an immediate improvement and get your foot in the door.
The most obvious change to make is to keep your resume consistent. If you have multiple fonts sizes and formats all going on in the same resume, you’re in trouble. Keep things uniform. Find a specific font you like, ideally Times New Roman or Calibri, and set your whole document to it. The same goes for your font size. Choose a font that keeps everything to one or two pages but is still large enough that the hiring manager isn’t going to have to squint to see it.
Keep It Simple
If you have paragraphs of descriptions under ever bullet-point for every job, then you need to cut things down. Hiring managers have a lot of resumes to get through. Keep things concise and to the point. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be descriptive. It does mean, however, that you should choose your words and get to the point as quickly as you can.
This goes for what you choose to include as work experience too. A lot of people think their resumes need to reflect every little job and day of work they’ve ever done in their whole life. Not the case. Keep your resume relevant to the job you’re applying to. If you spent a while working retail, but now you’re applying to a construction or office job, that old job experience probably isn’t that important. If you do want to include it, cut down the descriptions of what you did down a bit and focus on the jobs that are going to help you land this new one.
Keep it to a Page
If you need to make some resume changes quick, the easiest and most important way to do that is to edit things down to make. Just like we said above, you can simplify things by cutting down on your descriptions. More so, remove things like high school clubs you were in and extracurricular activities you’re a part of. While fun for your hiring manager to learn a bit more about you, they take up space on your resume. Often, that space can be better used by homing in on what’s important, your work experience.
Utilizing these three easy tips will get your resume in great shape and give you what you need to start applying. Obviously, take the time to really tailor your resume to what you need when you have the time, but this is a great place to start! With your resume ready to go, head over to any JōbSource branch or check out our online postings and start applying today!