The look of your resume is as important as the content. It is therefore recommended that you give your resume a professional look and one that is appealing to the eye and easy to follow. The pointers below will help you get the professional look that you want of your resume. The heading will usually present your name, address, and telephone number but it should be present in a way that expresses your creativity. Use the same header in other writing you send out like the cover letters, thank-you notes, and other correspondence. Your name should stand out from the rest of the contents.
The job objective should always appear as your first item on the resume immediately after your heading. The terms Objective, Job Objective, Job Target, Career Objective, Employment Objective, or Professional Objective will have the same meaning when put in this header.
It is helpful if you state a job or career objective describing the focus of your job search. The resume objective is usually the opener to the rest of your resume an gives a list of what you can do in respect to the employer’s need and how you ca help them solve it, and will show how well you might fit in the organization’s strategy, it also tells the employer that you have definite goals that you would like to achieve.
The statement that represents the objective can be a job title, a phrase, a sentence fragment, or a sentence including the job title or career area. A simplest resume objective statement may be a position or job area. The best way to state the objective is by use f action verbs that outlay to the employer what you do. Such action verbs are like sell, supervise, clean, fix, build or operate.
To gain a good first impression a resume need to have a good visual effect that screams out to the reader to have a second look at it and read it thoroughly through careful addition of graphical elements including font and style.
There are a few design styles that can help you achieve the eye catching effect of a good resume.
- The traditional One-column resume layout which takes the format of left justified lines with your objective, employment history, and education background placed in blocks of the pages.
- The Two-Column Resume and Centered resume styles are a good escape from the traditional design of the resume. Although they are quiet appealing, they usually are not well readable like the One-column resume layout.
- The bulleted style is also becoming a popular amongst some employers and is finding its way into the writings of many resumes these days.
It’s important that an individual applicant’s focus on the detailed layout of their resume, to ensure that it is neat and it presents the strengths of the applicant. A good resume layout is one that observes consistency in the use of italics, capital letters, abbreviations, bullets, boldface, and underlining.
Always use short sentences or phrases through out the resume with a reasonable space to separate the different parts of the resume. Follow these tips for better results:
- Limit the wording in each paragraph or section to around six sentences.
- Start the sentences or phrases with verbs but these should only be used sparingly through out the text to avoid redundancy.
- Express the thought that you want in your resume using as few words as possible and avoid duplication of words.
- Be accurate in sitting times, dates, places, or seminars.
- Observe proper verb tenses such as the use of past tense for those deeds or accomplishments that happened in the past.
- Leave out pronouns that are address yourself like I, he or she.
- Your name should appear at the top of the first page written in bold.
- Properly divide the resume into sections that show headings of skills, titles or companies, degrees, and school name in boldface.
- As a general rule, spell out numbers that are less than ten and their numerical form if they are more than 10 unless the number is the first word of the sentence
- If there are may abbreviations that are a common feature in your line of work give them but also give their spelt out versions but avoid acronyms or pretentious vocabulary that will make the reader not get what you are saying
- The length of resume will usually vary depending on the achievements and attainment that an individual candidate has attained. The important thing is that whether you write the recommended two pages or only one it be able to give to the recruiter all the important information about you.
- Never staple your resume.
- To get the best print out use a laser printer or an ink jet printer. Use the standard font of 11 or 12 point and use a high quality paper to print the resume as a resume is a represent for who you are.
- Avoid use of any artistic designs, colored paper and ink, or anything that can alter the attention of the reader or make the resume less readable. The white, ivory or bright white 8 1/2 x 11-inch paper, in the highest quality you can afford is always the best paper to print your resume in.
It is therefore in an applicant’s interest of the applicant that the resume be short and perfectly laid out with no mistakes that can lead to relay of the wrong personality and credibility. Have a friend proof read your resume to remove all mistakes therein.