Tips for “the attention grabbing resume” – If you prefer audio you can also listen to the tips here
I get a lot of requests to give people feedback on their resumes and because this is a time consuming exercise I usually cannot do justice in one sitting . I have come up with a few general tips that I would like to share with anybody who may be asking “Is my resume any good”?. The general rule is that your resume must pass ” the five second rule”. It only takes five seconds to make a first impression and you can only make a first impression once so make those five seconds grab the recruiters attention. I will give some tips on how to do this shortly but before I do that I would like to discuss the question ;
” What is the difference between a resume and a curriculum vitae (cv) “? ” A rose by any other name would still smell as sweet” (Juliet in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet).
Resume is a French word for “summary”- This is a snippet of one’s education, skills and employment and is usually about 1- 2 pages.
Curriculum Vitae is latin meaning “course of life” and is a more detailed narration of one’s professional experience and is generally about 2-3 pages but can be longer.
In my professional opinion though this is just semantics and the difference does not really matter and usually a prospective employer will tell you what they want you to submit when applying for a job. The most important thing in my view is the content so focus on that .
5 second rule tips
In my opinion this is the most important part of your resume as this is a summary of who you are , what your skills are and basically tells me why I should look at the rest of your resume. This section of your resume will either ” grab ” my attention or not.
Nothing will kill your chances for an interview faster than a resume or cover letter with an error or errors. Proof read and spell check your documents … whatever you do make sure that when you submit that resume there are no errors.
A resume without white space suggests clutter and chaos so make sure that there is enough white space around your paragraphs to make it easier on the eye.
Alignment – make sure that all text , headers, bullet points and paragraphs are all aligned correctly. Even if one is slightly out it will be noticed immediately. Make sure the page margins are the same through out the document.
Font type – There are literally 100’s of different type of fonts to choose from . I recommend you choose simple and conservative . The most common types are Arial and Times New Roman.
Font style– be consistent in your font style . You can use bold , underline , italics , caps to attract the attention of the reader to key points- just be consistent
Font size – For easy reading always use one font size throughout your resume ( 10-12 points). You can increase these to 14 points for the headings.
I do not recommend photos – they take up valuable space, serve no purpose and can be a hit or a miss!
For a deeper insight into your resume and individualized tips you can contact me on email@example.com.