How to Write an Effective Resume
WHAT TO FOCUS ON
Statistically speaking, recruiters spend an average of 6 seconds reading your resume. In these 6 seconds, they look at name, job titles, start and end dates, and most recent experience. What this means is that your resume should be as concise as possible to make sure that recruiters read only the most important aspects in a very short amount of time.
It is very important to keep your resume content relevant to the position you are applying for. Make sure the experiences you are recording show the employer that you are the right fit for them. You can do this by including key words that address the highlighted requirements for the specific position. This includes education background, years of experience, skills degrees, certifications, etc. That being said, do not include information just to make yourself seem more experienced, instead make sure it is truly pertinent to the specific job listing.
When listing your education, experience, and special skills, it extremely beneficial to put the most relevant and recent information first. Recruiters and employers who read resumes very quickly may only consider the first few items or assume that these are the most important aspects of your resume. For this reason, it is always better to present your most significant information at the beginning of your resume.
KEEP IT NEAT
Keeping a resume neat is essential to make a good first impression on recruiters and employers. Use size 10 or 12-point font that is easy to read. Some easily legible fonts include Arial, Verdana, Calibri, or Times New Roman. Also make sure to leave a little bit of white space on each page to make your resume easier to follow. However, it is important to not leave too much white space. Try to fill the full page or at least ¾ of the page with relevant information so that recruiters are not drawn to your lack of experience.
LESS IS MORE, FOR SOME
Resume length often depends on what kind of position you are applying for and the amount of experience you’ve had. For an entry level position or where you have minimal experience, a single page will be sufficient or even plenty. However, if the position you are applying for is high level or requires lots of previous experience, it is acceptable and even encouraged to have more than a one page resume.
ADJUSTING THE LENGTH OF YOUR RESUME
First, you should go through your resume and get rid of all the information that is not relevant to the specific position. If there is still a problem with the length of your resume, it can be fixed by adjusting the size and type of font being used. Some font styles have different sizes, for example, Times New Roman is smaller than Arial. You can also play with the spacing between the headers of your resume. Leave more space between them if you need to fill the page and leave less if you are trying to cut down on the number of pages. You can also change the size of the headers, but still make sure to keep them slightly larger than the rest of the text. Lastly, you can try changing your margins. Resumes should have margins of about 1 inch on each side so it is important that they are not drastically altered.