Quick Tips for Resume Design
With the increased popularity of Internet and email, your resume is most likely the first impression a potential employer gets. And if you’re one of dozens, or possibly hundreds of resumes, you have no choice but to make yourself stand out.
Here are some ways to make you jump off that paper and into the position you want!
Quick Tips for a Winning Resume:
- Keep it simple and include only details relevant to the position you’re applying to
- Keep multiple resumes on hand, including a more Webfriendly version
- Print resumes on white, lettersized, nonglossy paper (use a laser printer for clarity)
- Stick to a single, common font that doesn’t strain the eyes (gray font is too light to fax)
- Use active sentences and brief descriptions for experience and education
- Avoid clip art, photos, symbols, colorful borders or backgrounds
- Make your resume one to two pages maximum unless otherwise requested
- Proofread for spelling and grammar errors
- Snail mail? Attach pages with paper clips, not staples
- Always send your resume with a winning cover letter
- If you’re emailing your application, keep the message clear and concise
“You never get a second chance to make a first impression,” says Jason Lessman, Manager of Corporate Recruiting, of Boston Market Corporation. “If your email is not tactful and well written, you have already made a bad impression.”