Writing a resume can be tricky: you don’t want to share your entire life history, but you also don’t want to risk getting passed up for lack of information. It’s a balancing act that many people struggle with daily.
This guide walks you through the key things a recruiter looks for in a resume. Following these simple guidelines will help you get your application in front of the right people, right away.
1. UPDATED CONTACT INFORMATION
We know, this probably sounds like a no-brainer. However, you’d be surprised to find how many people forget to keep this important section up-to-date. With the many places you need to update your contact information after a life-changing event like a move, your resume is probably last on the list of things to do.
“If we’re looking at your contact information, there’s a reason: we want to contact you!” says Sarah, recruiter at EG. “Make sure you update your phone number and email so we can to reach you about the position you applied for,” she adds.
2. DETAILED HISTORY
Be sure that you’re giving the employer an accurate glimpse into why you’re qualified for the position you’re applying for.
In your resume, you’ll need to hit these major categories:
- Work Experience: detail tasks, accomplishments, and measurable goals you achieved that are relevant to your desired line of work. Make this as detailed as possible so the employer understands how you can contribute within the role.
- Volunteer Experience: this section can be used to supplement your work experience and demonstrate that you’re someone that cares about their community. Don’t discredit side jobs or gigs: they’re important, too!
- Education/Credentials: this section should be used to demonstrate your eligibility for the role. Pro-tip: if you’ve been in the workforce for a few years, put this section after your work experience and don’t worry about sharing information about your GPA – it might give the impression you’re stuck in the past.
3. CLEAN & CONCISE LAYOUT
Last of all: don’t overdo it. We know, that sounds opposite of the last piece of advice, but hear us out. A well laid out and concise resume can make a huge first impression on a potential employer. Try to keep it at one page, and don’t delve too far back into your work history if it’s no longer relevant.
You should also pay attention to the design and layout of your resume. If you aren’t the design-type, you can always access one of the many free, downloadable templates available online. They’re simple to use and will help you portray yourself in a professional manner. Zeroing in on layout helps the employer process your resume quickly and helps them decide whether you should move forward in the process.
If you follow these steps, you’ll be in the running for that job you’re after in no time.Back to Knowledge Page