With competition constantly growing in the job market, you want to make sure you do everything possible to set yourself aside from other potential employees. The best way to do this is by having a resume that will impress your future employer.
According to a Huffington Post article, employers spend only 6 seconds on your resume initially. This means you have 6 precious seconds to hook them in, or your resume will end up in the trash pile. So, how do you format your resume to gain more “eye time?” Here are some Resume Writing Tips!
- Make your resume SCAN-ABLE! An employer should be able to find a list of your jobs, skills, and education without having to read the whole resume.
- Use bullets. Lists are pleasing to the eye. Make sure you state your job, and then make a bulleted list of the tasks you performed at that job.
- No grammatical errors. You don’t have to be a grammatical wiz to get a job. But you do have to present yourself in an intelligent manner. Absolutely no grammatical errors can appear in your resume. This is the quickest way to ensure your resume gets thrown in the trash. After all, there are ten resumes behind yours and the person who took the time to proofread will likely get the job.
- Tailor your resume. Know what job you are applying for and tailor your resume to it. For example, if you are applying for a Dental Assistant job and your previous job was a waitress, you will not say “provided great customer service.” This is generic. Instead, say “accurately communicated with a variety of people to guarantee guest’s positive experience.” By saying this, you are not only stating your old job’s tasks but reiterating the skills you will need for the job you are applying for. (Dental assistants must be friendly and conversational).
- Keep it to one page. Employers want to see everything on the first page. They are busy people, so do them a favor and keep it concise!
Your resume is your ticket to an interview. So make sure you take it seriously! Please, contact us with any comments or questions!