The average employer only looks at a resume for 15 seconds. This means that if you do not have a high quality resume, it can easily be overlooked. However, if you have a great resume, then it can help you to stand out from the other applicants. Also, the employer may spend more than 15 seconds looking at it! Here are some tips on how to create a resume that will actually get looked at.

A hiring manager or job seeker is looking a resume while holding a pen

1)  Neatness

Your resume should be neat, well organized, and clean. When the employer or recruiter looks at your resume, it should look professional and concise. It should not look sloppy, disorganized, or like very little attention to detail has been paid. To accomplish this feat, you should use the same font for all of your text. You should also have clear headings, margins, and easy-to-read spacing. Your name and contact information should be at the top, followed by well-defined and organized sections that make up the bulk of the resume (experience, skills, references, etc).


2) Customization

Although your cover letter will go into a lot of detail about why you are seeking and are qualified for the job, your resume should include details that are specific to the particular job. For example, in your “skills” section, you should list skills that you have that are directly applicable to the job in question. Further, your work experience should ideally include past jobs that are very relevant to the job you are applying to.


3) Grammar

Using correct grammar is crucial to make sure that your resume gets looked at properly. The reason is because poor grammar can make you look careless, sloppy, or lacking a proper hold on the English language. None of those things are desirable. However, if you use correct grammar, then the person looking at your resume will be inclined to think that you are intelligent and that you do things with the appropriate care required. This is a good impression to make.


4) Length

When you are writing your resume, it is important not to make it too short or too long. If it is too short, it can make it seem as though you do not possess enough experience, skills, or education. This is simply because those things generally take at least a half a page to write about. So, if your resume is less than a half a page long, it can be concerning to the employer.

However, if your resume is too long, this can also be a problem. The reason is because the employer will likely have to read many resumes. So, if yours is appears to be very long, and like a chore to read, he or she may simply skip it. This is especially true if he or she has just read thirty in a row. A length of around one page is a good target to shoot for.

A pencil is standing over a resume

A super resume can help you land the great job that you are pursuing. Following these steps can help you to bring a successful and happy conclusion to your in-person, or online job search. In addition to following these steps, there are also online resume builders that you can find with a quick Google search. These can be helpful as well.

  • Cameron Atkinson

    One comment on the length and a tip on the font. First, on the length, two pages is acceptable, especially if you add a more detailed skills section as well as detailed accomplishments under each of your experiences. Second, write your resume in Arial font. Why? Most Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) have problems parsing resumes in other fonts. If you use Arial font, it will make it easier for the ATS to parse it and put the right information in front of recruiters like me.

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