In this extremely and ultra competitve world of job seeking, even the smallest of items may mean the difference between an interview or not. My time at Get My Mom a Job, I have seen 1000’s of resumes. How you set up your resume is just as important as what you say, and how you say it. If you present your information, your resume in a difficult to read format, chance are it will not be read at all. No matter your qualifications, skills, expertise, hiring managers are people and if it is to difficult, they move on..
Here are some resume “saving” How To’s in the structure, set-up, and appearance of your resume.
1. PARAGRAPH vs. BULLET STYLE. Hiring Managers, Company Owners, are busy people. They all probably have a touch of “ADD” as well. Paragraph style of writing for your resume is the least desirable by the overwhelming majority of hiring managers. The fact is the information they need or are looking for is often lost in long resumes, that contain long paragraphs. Using “bullet” style informational points in our job history, skill set etc. Will give the reader the ease and convenience to take in the information how ever they want.
Remember, we DO NOT write things as we would want to read them. We write absed on how others want to read them. Remember your resume is not for you, it is for them. Go with what the hiring manager wants to see and how they want to see it.
2. HEADER. People, miss the power of the header and what can be portrayed. First, your name. Use your full name with middle initial. Make sure it is in bold, with a bigger font size.
Underneath your name is your email, a professional email address. I always recommend you use a paid email meaning, own your name as a domain name. Then use the free email that goes along with the domain. You can get it at GoDaddy. Typically a domain, a .info is 99 cents. That way employers are emailing to a professional email.
Then goes your social media handles. Example would…