A resume serves as your first impression to a possible employer. So, you want to make sure it looks great and conveys all of the right information. With the help of Beverly Evans, York College’s assistant dean for career development, I have created a simple list of tips to help you design a smart-looking resume that might help you get your desired job:
· Make a goal statement that grounds your resume. Evans recommends creating an objective statement or a professional summary and writing it at the top of your resume. Here is an example of an objective statement from job-interview-site.com: “Seeking a project management position with leadership responsibilities including problem solving, planning, organizing and managing budgets.” An example of a professional summary would be “Marketing professional with five years of corporate experience including…”
· Prove it. A resume is “not just a list of what you’ve done or what the duties of a job was,” Evan said. Employers want to know the specifics like HOW you’ve resolved problems instead of what problems you’ve resolved. For example, if you write on your resume that you managed a budget also include how much money you managed. If you managed $100, that’s nice. But, if you managed $100,000, employers have a better idea of your skills.
· Customize your resume to fit each job. “There is no one-size fits all resume,” Evans said. “Employers want you to sell yourself.” Even if all of the jobs you are applying to are in the same field, every job and business is different. The best way to sell yourself to a company is to do your research before customizing. For example, if a company uses a specific software when creating its product, you might want to state that you know how to use that software in your resume. At another job, that software skill might not be as relevant.
· Don’t use a template to design your resume. Many people are attracted to the idea of using a template because it is easy to plug in information into a formatted design. But, templates restrict your control over the design and don’t always show off your most important qualifications in the best way.
Spend time with your resume to make sure it is the best professional reflection of you. Here are a few other links that might help with your resume design:
Blue Sky Resumes says keep it simple.
Purdue says use the quadrant test.
If you’re really looking for a design that challenges the ordinary, get inspiration from 1st Web Designer.