I’ve heard this time and again - why do I need a resume and how do I write them? As long as organizations use their own applicant tracking systems (ATS) you are required to have a resume. It is your marketing tool to finding your next job. The recruitment industry is experiencing a time of change.
Social media and social networking are changing the face of the recruitment industry. Within this article I outline key tips, what to do and what not to do. Keep in mind this is based on my work with my clients. This is an area where even I still learn continuously. There are numerous articles on how to write a resume, and I am one of those articles. I base my work on one principal – simple, concise and clean. Thanks for reading!
• Use proper capitalization with your name
• Use only one phone number
• Use a professional email
• Insert your LinkedIn Profile
• Indicate your city of residence
• Use equal margins in your page set-up
• Upload MS Word Version if you are given a choice in the type of file to upload
• Write in your full address – your city shows your proximity.
• Rely on MS Word for spell/grammar check - print it out, read and ask for feedback.
• Use italics or bold – it makes no difference in an online database or to the reader.
• Use lines, borders or any fancy formatting – text only.
• Use headers or footers – it blocks out text from a system scanning for keywords.
- Use 13 or 14 point max for all section headers.
- Use 11 or 12 point for all section details and in Arial font.
- Center all section headers so they stand out.
- Do not manipulate margins to the point where your word processing skills become questionable.
- The one page rule is based on the number of years of experience, do not undersell yourself. I just received feedback on my own resume and this was included in my feedback.