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Is Your Resume Holding You Back: Getting A New Or Better Job With The Perfect Resume

Updated on March 13, 2013
Make a great first impression with an exceptional resume.
Make a great first impression with an exceptional resume. | Source

We've all heard it, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. For that reason, a good resume is very important when going for a new or better job. A potential employer's first impression begins with review of your resume. Many people do not realize the roles formatting and even font types can play in putting together a winning resume. The tips below will help you achieve your next goal, the interview.

Font

Your resume needs to be easy to read. Did you know that there are software programs that can "read" your resume and submit reports to management? These applicant tracking systems have difficulty processing fancy font types. You may be the perfect candidate for the job, but no one will know that if the applicant tracking system reads your information incorrectly.

Font type and size should remain consistent throughout the resume. The last thing you want is for your resume to look disheveled and confusing. It's important to not overuse capitalization, bold, underlines, etc... Consistency is the key. If you bold the heading of a section, then bold all heading sections similarly. If a hiring manager is looking over your resume, you want to appear organized and succinct.

**BEST COLORS FOR RESUME PAPER**

  • White
  • Ivory
  • Baby Blue
  • Light Grey

**Never use paper with preprinted borders
or pictures. Paper that is very bright, like
pinks or reds, is also considered very
unprofessional.

Format

After choosing a resume format, it is important to stick with that format throughout the body of your resume. The most popular format for a resume is chronological. Your work history should start with the most recent/current position listed first. After listing your most recent position, begin working backwards in reverse chronological order. Common practice would be to list the name of the company and the date range of your employment there. A brief listing of your duties there is helpful.

If you have significant gaps in your employment history, a functional resume that focuses on the skills and experience you have may be more beneficial to you. If electing to use a functional-type resume, it is always a good idea to resort to a combination resume. In this format, you can begin with a section outlining your skills and experience, then proceed to a chronological employment history.

The internet is an excellent source for finding free resume templates. Compile all of the employment information you would like to include on your resume, and then search for a template that appeals to you. Plug in your information accordingly.

Don't forget to check and double check your document for spelling errors!!

You can never proofread too much! The most common mistakes on resumes are in spelling and grammar.
You can never proofread too much! The most common mistakes on resumes are in spelling and grammar. | Source

Contact Information

Your contact information should be displayed at the very top of your resume. Even if you have filled out an application with contact information, you want to make sure the employer can get in touch with you if these documents become separated. Full name, complete home address, and email address should be documented as well as your home and cell phone numbers. Don't miss out on the chance for an interview because the employer can't get in touch with you.

Keywords

In all likelihood, you've read a description or advertisement relating the description of the job you're applying for. Use the job description to pull some keywords you can insert into your resume. Try to include those keywords throughout your resume, especially in your personal job history whenever possible.

Objective

You may elect to include an objective statement on your resume. The objective statement should not be too long but, rather, should be a clear, concise goal that relates to the job you are applying for. If you're planning to use your resume to apply for multiple jobs, be sure to customize your objective statement towards each particular position.

A good, strong resume can mean the difference between a new job and continuing your search.
A good, strong resume can mean the difference between a new job and continuing your search. | Source

This Is A Game You Want To Win

Keep in mind when applying for a new or better job that you are in competition with other applicants. You want your resume to stand out from the others in a professional manner. Taking time to submit a well thought out, informative resume will go a long way with a potential employer.

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