Building your resume is not always easy or fun. Everyone looks for something different, yet they think they know exactly what your resume should look like. Here are six rules of thumb that should always do the trick to amplify the very first impression your future employer will have of you.
- Your resume is your first impression
200 people apply for the job. The first 10 resumes your employer likes get a phone interview. 2-3 are invited for an in-person interview. Make sure that your resume is well structured, positive, and professional (yet not too formal). It’s the first impression your employer gets of you, so make sure it’s a lasting one, not the last one.
- Numbers, numbers, numbers
If you want to impress your future employer with what you’ve done so far, don’t just list your positions and tasks, but show how you made a difference. If you don’t find the actual numbers impressive enough, give percentage of growth while you were in the position.
- You don’t have to be a graphic designer
Unless you’re applying for a graphics position, your resume should be clean and simple. Leave out the crazy colors, fonts, and shapes. Instead, keep it well structured and organized. Think about what you want people to see first. What is most important?
Want to show off your creativity? That’s what your portfolio is for! If the potential employer is interested in learning more about you, they will take a look at your portfolio (if you have one). This is where you can show examples of the great work you have done so far. Your portfolio can be graphical (diagrams, images, animations etc.), videos, or text-based – let your creativity and imagination run free, but always make sure it’s aesthetically pleasing.
- Turn your spell check on
Avoid typos and misspellings! Your resume can be organized and clean, but if it contains typos, it doesn’t look professional. Make sure to turn on your spell check. And if you don’t trust your computer, we suggest you send it to one or two of your friends and family members to proofread it before sending it out.
- Keep it short
Your resume shouldn’t be longer than 2 pages! The average time someone looks at your resume before they decide whether to interview or not is 8 seconds. This also means that the most relevant and recent points on your resume should be at the top.
- Adjust your resume to the job
Try to give your resume the same language as the job posting. If the recruiter feels like there are similarities between the job description they wrote and your resume, they will be more likely to give you a call and invite you for an interview. However, do not plagiarize!
Would you like to send your resume to our Chief Strategy Officer, who does all of Hillel Ontario’s hiring, for personal feedback? Send it to Jaime she will take a look at your resume for you!
Good luck with your job search!