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Whether you've been lucky enough to do it once or have been unlucky and find yourself consistently looking for new gigs, job-hunting is never fun. While it's a full-time role just seeing what's available, job seekers often get frustrated for not getting enough interviews—and you can only blame your resume for that.
Sure, you may have all the experience, the best education, the proper skills and all the necessary confidence, but when a one-page piece of paper is your icebreaker for recruiters, you need to make sure you stand out.
So how can you get the perfect resume? Some experts at Money.com offered up some advice, so you may want to take some notes to go from job-hunting to a new job.
- 1. Enhance Your Contact Information
Put simply: hiring managers are busy; make their job easier by hyperlinking your email address so that you’re only one click away... Also, use active links to your LinkedIn profile and any other social media accounts that are fit for recruiters.
- 2. Make The Page “Pop”
To stay professional, consider making only section headers blue, for example, and leaving the rest in black, Kursmark suggests. And replace the outdated Times New Roman with a more modern font such as Cambria, Calibri, or Georgia.
- 3. Ditch The Objective Statement…
Today’s hiring managers aren’t concerned with what is it you’re looking for—they’re focused on finding the right hire. Thus, “the objective statement has become obsolete,” says Tiffani Murray, an HR professional and resume writer.
- 4. ...And Lead With A Summary
To capture the hiring manager’s attention, start your resume with a short professional synopsis that states your years of experience, job history, and big career achievements. Instead of labeling the section a “summary,” use the header to highlight your area of expertise.
- 5. Guide The Reader’s Eye
The Internet has changed reading behavior, says Kursmark: “People don’t read top to bottom anymore. They’re constantly skimming and looking at different parts of the page, and if you don’t structure your resume to appeal to that, a lot of good material will get overlooked.” Therefore, use bolded text to ensure your achievements stand out.
- 6. Beat The Robots
Many medium and large companies use software to weed out candidates. Your resume will need the right keywords to get through, so mirror the language of the job posting.
- 7. Forgo A “Skills” Section
The exception: It’s beneficial to have a designated section when applying for a skills-based job that requires specific qualifications, such as an IT specialist.
- 8. Maximize Your Real Estate
Despite what you may have heard, you don’t necessarily need to limit your resume to one page. “A resume is as long as it needs to be to convey value. And not one word more,” says Bugni. That said, a two-page resume may be appropriate for someone with 30 years’ experience—not for a recent college graduate.
You can see the full tips from career experts like Dawn Bugni, Wendy Enelow, Louise Kursmark, Tiffani Murray over at Money.com.