First impressions are lasting impressions.
Your first impression to many hiring managers, HR, and recruiters begins with your resume. Here is a step-by-step guide to properly format a "standard" resume. Once you have read this article and built your "standard" resume, read our blog "Importance of customizing your resume" prior to submitting your application for a new job.
1) Properly Format Your Resume...
a. CONTACT DETAILS
d. TECHNICAL SKILLS
f. WORK EXPERIENCE
Read our blog post "3 STEPS TO FIND YOUR DREAM JOB" and make sure you are applying to the right company and for the right position.
3) Font Type...
This article from Monster outlines their suggestions for font type. They list Calibri as their favorite from their top-10 list; however, Times New Roman appears clean, clear, and well-spaced. Ultimately, there is no right or wrong answer here. It is most important to keep your font the same throughout, though, and to use a size of 10 to 14, depending on the length of your resume.
4) Less is more...
Write all the information you want to share first, and provide as much detail as possible. Then go back through your resume and pick out the top points. Try to express the relevant highlights in as few words as possible. Finally, bold and highlight the skills relevant to the position you are applying for, including any education, work, and project experience.
5) Address and explain concerns...
Rather than covering up issues that may hurt your chances, address the likely concern by explaining the reasons this has occurred in as few words as possible. For example, if you were only at an employer for six months, add parenthesis (laid off due to lack of projects).
6) Be honest and don't overstate your qualifications...
Transparency is critical. Don't lie or overstate your qualifications. For example, if you have worked with AutoCAD for six months, instead of listing it on your resume as a skill, write next to the skill (AutoCAD (6 months experience, __/10)
The goal of your resume should be to state your qualifications clearly. Spend the extra time and effort to make sure it looks great, accurate, and well-written. Hiring managers often pass on A+ candidates simply due to poorly written resumes.
Use this sample resume to start you off on the right foot!