Following are a number of resume suggestions we have found to be helpful to our candidates.
Keeping your resume to one-page is the misconception we hear most often. It does not apply. The length of your resume is not important. What is important is the quality of the content. We’ve seen awful one-page resumes and stellar three pages resumes. Keep the content relevant, succinct, and impactful.
White space on your resume is essential. As stated above, don’t try to cram all your information onto one page. Suggested page margins:
Use one or two font styles only. Times and Arial are most the most common business fonts. Too much bolding of text, using more than two font styles, colored text, “fancy” bullet points, or adding graphical elements will typically render your resume looking unprofessional.
If you have less than five years work experience, it can be helpful to have an Objective section at the top of your resume. After five years, it best to utilize an Overview section instead. The Overview section should summarize your work history, and should never be longer than seven-to eight lines.
If you have less than five years work experience, it can be helpful to have the Education section at the top of your resume. After five years, it’s best to place the Education section at the end of your resume.
For Each Employer, in paragraph format, 3-4 sentences (only) outlining the following:
Then, list in bullet point format:
Page numbers are helpful if you have more than two pages. Use the Page Number feature in your word processor to insert page numbers. (Do not manually insert or list page numbers as formatting/page flow can change).