5 Foolproof Tricks to Writing the Perfect Resume

Lauren Powell
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Considering your first point of contact with your potential new employer is via your résumé, it’s certainly essential to create the finest version possible to nail that first impression. These simple résumé tricks will deliver that extra edge and help you stand out from the rest. So what are you waiting for? Get editing and give yourself the best chance possible to land your dream job. 

Add an Overview. When considering the number of résumés an employer will review during a recruitment drive, plus the minimal time usually allocated to each, it’s important to quickly and clearly tell them both how you've succeeded in the past and what you're capable of in the future. The most effective way to do so is to start your résumé with a “Professional Summary” or “Summary of Qualifications & Experience” to provide an immediate and clear snapshot of your CV. Tip: download a template to make this update foolproof.

Clearly Define Sections. Ensure each section of your résumé is clearly defined so the employer can easily focus on each element and review seamlessly. Depending on how you plan to present your résumé, consider bold fonts, line dividers or underlining for section heading for simple definition. Providing an easy document to read will increase the odds of a longer review which is one of the main objectives—the more they know about you, the better!

Keep It Focused. Avoid wasting space as résumé real estate is valuable. Details to leave out? Anything that doesn’t focus on your skills and experience which are most appropriate to the prospective role. Focus on your skills and experience as they relate to the role you're applying for. Remember: use your space and their time wisely.

Use a Consistent Font. It may sounds obvious, but using an easy-to-read and consistent font within your résumé will make a big impact. Ensure to use a font that is pleasing to the eye, consistent in size and a standard type that would be available on all devices. With the exception of the résumé title (which can, and should be larger), aim to keep the font size of the body text between 10 and 12.

Delete Irrelevant Details. Unless you are fresh out of school and applying for your first job, remove your school achievements. Chances are, they're no longer relevant to the job you're applying for. It is also a good idea to arrange your education details after your work experience when considering what is most important to the employer. This also assists to keep your résumé focused which is the key. 

What makes your résumé stand out from the rest? Share with us in the comments below!

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