The process of getting a job can be tough. From writing a killer cover letter to acing an interview, there are always several challenging steps to landing an open position. One of the most essential elements of the job application process, of course, is the resume. Did you know that companies receive about 250 resumes (on average) for every open corporate job opening? That's a lot of resumes for only one open spot.
So, if you want to make sure your resume stands out from the rest when you apply for a job, there are some essential resume-crafting rules you should follow. These guidelines will help ensure that you not only get noticed (and contacted) by your potential employer, but also that you present yourself like the impressive, consummate professional that you are.
1) Simplicity and Minimalism
One of the most important elements of a resume is easy readability, since employers and hiring managers don't have much time to read each individual resume they receive. In fact, recruitment studies show that, on average, recruiters spend only about 5-7 seconds looking at a resume during the hiring process. So it's important that your resume helps readers take in a lot of important information about you in just a quick glance. For that reason, make sure resume is laid out clearly, with a simple font that is large enough to read (aim for 10-12 pt). Also, make sure to use bullet points in lieu of paragraphs - they're much easier for readers to digest.
2) Relevant Experience
Make sure you include all relevant professional experience you've had on your resume. This should not only include a description of the daily duties you had at past positions--but also all of your accomplishments, standout results, and contributions. Think about how the things you achieved in previous jobs relate to what you'll try to achieve in the position you're applying for, and be sure to include those when you describe your experience.
3) Contact Information
This one might seem simple--but you'd be surprised how detrimental it can be if you don't get it right. Include your contact information at the top of your resume. Be sure to include your phone number and email address, so potential employers have multiple ways of getting in touch with you. You can also consider including your physical address and your website address, to help employers get to know more about you quickly.
4) Relevant Educational Experience
You don't need to list your high school 4.0 GPA on your resume. However, you should include all of your relevant experience in higher education. List the institution you attended, degree you received, and your major. Educational experience should be located at the bottom of your resume, after your professional experience.
5) List of Skills
Create a list of skills that you have that are relevant to the job you are seeking. Do you know how to use a certain complicated software related to your industry? Or, are you an experienced bartender that can whip up craft cocktails? Think about the things that you can do that make you particularly suited for your position, then write them down. This is a good way to help set yourself apart from your competition.
If you're planning to apply for a job, start by crafting a resume that highlights how well-qualified you are for the position. A great resume paired with a well-written cover letter is an essential step in getting you in the door for an interview - and an interview is an excellent opportunity to prove you're the right candidate for the job.