Your resume is a large part of the first impression that you get to make on a prospective employer or recruiter, which is why it is so important to make sure yours stands out from the rest. If you haven’t updated your resume in a while, or if you are in need of a few tips to help you get started on creating the perfect curriculum vitae (CV), be sure to check out these helpful tips on how to make your resume stand out this year.
Design and Format of your resume Should Stand Out
Standing out doesn’t mean that your resume should feature loud colours or wacky fonts. While these may certainly be eye-catching at first, your resume should be more about presentation rather than the overall look of the page. The key is to find a good balance between the content of your resume and the attractiveness of the design. Smooth, clear fonts are ideal as opposed to ornate or flashy fonts, or even more traditional fonts that are more widely used like Times New Roman (which should always be avoided!). Adding a small amount of colour to the page without going overboard is a good idea as well, so long as you find a tasteful way to add a colour that fits your design scheme.
Maximize the Page Space on your CV
For the most part, a typical CV (curriculum vitae) shouldn’t exceed one page. This means that it is on you to make sure that page is used to its full potential. Vancouver Headhunters often say that certain sections like your personal objectives are not really important, and aren’t really what your resume should be about. You want to effectively communicate what you have to offer to an employer, not what you hope to gain from their employment, therefore an including an “objectives” section is not in your best interest. Listing your qualifications and accomplishments should be your number one priority. You can go even further by incorporating references to your LinkedIn page through the language you use to describe your experience and qualifications. This uniformity will make it easier for employers to get a firm idea of exactly what you have to offer.
Tailor Your Resume
The days of creating a single, boilerplate CV that gets distributed to every prospective employer are coming to a close. While you don’t have to make a single resume for every interview or every job you apply for in different fields, tailoring your resume to include a certain type of vocabulary that is associated with what the employer is looking for can give you a leg up on the competition, and give you a better chance of moving into the ‘Yes’ pile. A good way to accomplish this is to pay attention to the language used in the job posting or description of the position.
Avoid Listing ‘Soft Skills’
Another common feature found on less creative resumes is the list of ‘soft skills’. Saying that you’re a “quick learner” or that you’re “very detail oriented” is a waste of time, since these attributes should simply go without saying if you’re really serious about getting any job. Most of the recruitment agencies do not even pay attention to it. Replace these fillers with more succinct and relevant ‘hard skills’ that are related to the position. For example, if you are proficient in using certain specialized software or equipment, include that in detail on your CV.
Strive for Brevity
In the fast-paced, social media driven world we live and work in today, no one has time to spend pouring over the details of a person’s career journey. With that in mind, think of your resume as a tool for starting a conversation in an interview. Rather than giving an in-depth and long description of past work experiences, try and give a brief snapshot into a particular aspect of your experiences. You can also take advantage of visuals like charts or graphs to communicate your information rather than just text.
Remain Focused on Important Details
You may have a lot of experience having been in the workforce for a decade or two, but be honest with yourself concerning that experience. Is it really necessary to list your first job as a cashier at a grocery store from 12 years ago? Unless you are applying for another similar position, probably not. You should also avoid writing things like graduation dates, as simply graduating is enough to demonstrate your level of education.
A cutting-edge resume can be your ticket to a new, better job in 2018, and with these tips, you’ll give yourself a far better chance of getting hired! If you already have it ready, please apply with your resume.