3 Resume Tips Everyone Should Follow

Over the past few years, job searches have changed dramatically thanks to technology – from social media to Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) and more. As a result, the way you approach your resume must reflect some of these changes, so you can take advantage of them. So what do you need to know for resume writing for your current job search? Here’s a look.

Tip #1: Optimize your resume for ATS software and each employer.

Today, many employers use ATS software to screen resumes. This simply makes the process easier and faster, so they can focus on a short-list of candidates to interview. This software works by using keywords related to the job description to analyze the content of a resume.

This means a computer will be reviewing your resume before a human and you therefore need to optimize it for this process. Some simple ways to do that include:

  • Reading through the job description to find relevant keywords and including them, as well as variations, in your resume.
  • Using simple formatting without script fonts or fancy graphics, which an ATS can’t parse.
  • Checking your social media profiles to ensure they are in alignment with your resume since the latest ATS software can pull information from sites like LinkedIn and GitHub.

While optimizing your resume for an ATS is key, so too is tailoring it for each job opening you apply to. You shouldn’t be sending the same resume again and again and instead, should tweak and edit it based on the qualification requirements of each employer. A tailored resume is a targeted one – and a more effective way to get a call for an interview.

Tip #2: Keep the look of your resume simple.

Unless you’re applying for a position as a graphic designer or another creative job, keep your resume format simple. Hiring managers only spend a few seconds (at most!) scanning through the hundreds of resumes they receive. If they have a hard time reading through yours because of the font type, point size, or graphics and visuals, then you’re probably not going to move on in the hiring process.

Also, use a reverse chronological format when writing your resume. This places your most recent position first and works back from there. Most hiring managers expect this format, so it’s easier for them to read and doesn’t send out any red flags.

Finally, make sure there is plenty of white space, rather than cramming all the text on one page. This might mean sending in two-page resume, which is fine, as long as it’s easy to skim and looks polished and professional.

Tip #3: Include a link for an online portfolio or social media profile.

This also gives you an opportunity to demonstrate further why you’re a good fit for the role. For instance, if you include a certain task or accomplishment on your resume, you can go into further detail about it on your LinkedIn profile.

In essence, it helps you to make your case as to why you should be considered for the job. Potential employers want to see a track record of success and providing samples of your work, along with testimonials and recommendations, can help you win the role.

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