Resume- At A Glance
Posted October 3, 2013 & filed under Interviewing
Employers typically look at a resume for no more than 10-20 seconds. They give the resume a quick scan and spot all the information they are looking for. The applicant should present the resume with this knowledge. Making a resume stand out and still following the “unofficial guidelines” to making it “glance-worthy” is extremely crucial. The following is what should be included on the resume and tips for making the resume get past the “glance test”.
-Bolding the name will make it stand out
Objective and Summary
- Avoid using a long and wordy objective statement
- Accomplishments should be brief and include major statistics of what you’ve done previously. Time or cost saving stats are a great example.
-The degree is the most important part of the education section. It should be at the top and bolded.
- College name
- City and State
- GPA- This is a great bonus to add to a resume
- Any schools which a degree hasn’t been received probably shouldn’t be included
- It helps to list these separate from education
- Proficient in
- Knowledge of
- Familiar with
- Any computer skills achieved that fall into these categories are important to list
- Job title
- Dates worked
- City and State
- Details/Duties- avoid paragraphs, list in bullets, and keep short and to the point
- Make sure to list any uniqueness and facts that stand out
Clubs and Organizations
- These could be a major factor when it comes down to it. Employers are often interested (especially when they are having a hard time deciding between two candidates) in what the applicant’s free time is like. It gives a sense of their personality.
Other Tips to Know
- Keep it between 1-2 pages… if possible
- Keep underlining and italicizing to a minimum
- The font should be between 10-12 point font
- Stick with basic fonts: Arial, Times New Roman, Verdana
- Check for spelling and grammar
By: Kaitlin Daniel