Craft a Winning Resume
By Andrea McCarthy, The Leadership Institute
Recruiters only look at resumes for 14 seconds before deciding whether to toss it, or place it in the “maybe” pile. How can you create a resume that will catch the HR representative’s attention? Here are five tips that can help you do just that.
1. Limit the resume to one page: Recruiters do not have the time to look beyond the first, so never spill over onto a second. Fit all the important information on a single page. If CEO’s of Fortune 500 Companies can do it, so can you.
2. Style matters: Fonts that are too small overwhelm recruiters. Your resume becomes difficult to read. It should not burst at the margin seams. Fonts that are too big underwhelm recruiters. These type sets give the impression you have little experience to highlight. Keep the size to 11 or 12 pt and always use a serif font. San serif font makes the page look cartoonish. Good examples of readable fonts are Garamond and Georgia.
3. Use bullets: Each relevant position held should have between 2-4 bullet points. Simply list the others. Keep it concise. You only have one page, so listing six or seven bullet points for each job is excessive.
4. Quantify your results: Numbers show your accomplishments. Numbers demonstrate tangible results. Quantitative figures catch recruiters’ eyes and give proof of your success.
5. Get feedback: Always ask others to look over your resume before you apply for a position. Make sure they notice the information you want a recruiter to notice. Ask a co-worker, ask a mentor, ask a friend, or ask me…
For more advice on how to construct a winning resume, you can contact me, Andrea McCarthy, the Leadership Institute’s Director of Employment Placement Services at AMcCarthy@LIMail.US. We offer free resume consultations and run ConservativeJobs.com, the Institute’s free interactive job bank. Whether you’re looking for a job, or have a new position available, ConservativeJobs.com is the place to start. Jobseekers can create free profiles, upload their resumes, and search through hundreds of openings, both in DC and across the country. Recruiters can register as employers, post job listings, and search through hundreds of jobseeker resumes at no charge. For more information visit www.conservativejobs.com.