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Resume Writing Tips 101

In these uncertain times of record unemployment numbers, a lot of you might be in a situation where you are updating your resume and are wondering what are some key things to make a note of in order to increase the likelihood of receiving a hiring manager’s InMail or an interview request from a recruiter? These next few pointers below can help you get the conversation started!

  • Keywords are imperative, particularly in the skills section. Recruiters use various ATS software to vet your resume for this important information related to your line of work. You can also manually do side by side comparisons with the job postings you’re looking at on sites like LinkedIn or Glassdoor for additional inspiration on that front. 
  • Compare and contrast your current resume with other candidates in your industry. Do a quick Google search to verify what is considered standard and see where there are areas that you can improve your standing amongst the crowd.
  • Use a professional font like Times New Roman at size 12. Make sure to eliminate any white space to help consolidate the resume accordingly.
  • Keep in mind that hiring managers and recruiters are strapped for time in addition to looking to send out an offer letter as quickly as possible. You can help them out by prioritizing your resume to properly display the basic sections (i.e. objective, skills, education and experience). That means only including the most current and relevant positions while highlighting anything out of the ordinary that might catch their eye.
  • Make sure to dedicate some time in order to proofread and edit your document before you begin sending out your resume. You want to be the potential candidate known for crossing your t’s and dotting your i’s.

All in all, each field will be slightly different in terms of design and layout, but this will definitely help you get the ball rolling. Best of luck out there!