A resume is a prospective employer's first insight into your experience and why you're a great fit for the job you're applying for - which is something we're sure you already knew. However, did you know that hiring managers and recruiters, on average, spend just 6 seconds looking at a resume before they decide to continue reading? It's a startling fact, but it's true. With so many resumes to get through, you don't have a long time to impress them, which is why you need to make your resume stand out. But how can you ensure your resume gets through the virtual stack? Well, we've got you covered. Use these tips below to create the perfect resume that every prospective employer will want to read - all the way through!
Utilize a header
Catch a recruiter's eye with a simple and polished header that includes your name, address, email, phone number, and any relevant links to a website or portfolio you want to include. This will give the recruiter quick access to your introductory information, as well as keep your resume looking sharp.
List your skills and experience up front
After your header should come your experience and skills at the top of your resume. This is, after all, what they'll be hiring you on. Be detailed and describe how you've used these skills in real situations (try telling a short story!). This section will help you stand out maybe even more so than your past work experience - which is no doubt valuable - but being detailed here is advised.
Don't make it too long
One page is the general rule of thumb in terms of resume length. Anything over is going to be a red flag for a recruiter or hiring manager. If you feel like you have too much information for one page, start cutting! Being concise is important - the resume is the first glimpse into who you are as a working professional, and if they like what they see, you will have a chance to expand on your experience further during your interview.
Tailor it to the position you're applying for
One of the biggest resume mistakes is applying for a position with a resume that just doesn't fit. Make sure you're not using the 'one size fits all' method when applying for jobs. Even if they're all similar positions, be sure to tailor it to each specific job description. Use keywords that stand out from the description and be sure to touch on all the skills that they've listed as required.