Resumes are the first look employers have at a job candidate. The information on your resume, and how it looks- resume formatting, is very important in making a great first impression.
Focus on keeping your resume content easy to read and uncluttered. Work on using strong action verbs for descriptions, as well as using simple changes in font and formatting to help keep it readable.
For example: use bullet points to list out job duties, bold the title and name of previous employers and stick with one font.
Here are a few other important resume features to follow while creating or updating your resume:
Use this: a one-page resume
Not this: a multiple-page resume. Employers, on average, only look at a resume for six seconds. Make sure they spend all six seconds on a one page resume.
Use this: good grammar and correctly spelled words
Not this: Some hiring managers don’t consider resumes with grammar or spelling errors on them. Use spell check, show someone else your resume to check for errors and use grammarly.com to double-check your grammar.
Use this: a .pdf file because it freezes your document in the formatting you choose to make sure the employer sees it how you want.
Not this: a Word document because the formatting can change based on an employer’s computer setting.
Would you like help with resume formatting? Or, do you need a computer to create one? Visit a service center to use a computer, or attend a free resume workshop.