- Smaller fonts convey confidence. Use corporate standard fonts: Ariel on a PC and Helvetica on the Mac. Your name should be 12 points, headers 10 points and the body 8 points.
- Having a clearly stated objective on your resume helps to ensure that the right hiring manager receives your resume: i.e. Objective: IT Project Manager
- Divide your resume into four sections
Skills List: recommend a three column, bulleted skills list. Keep these skills relevant to the job that you are seeking.
Work Experience: In paragraph format, list in chronological order (most recent experience first)
Education and Certifications
- Before applying for a position, review the job description and embed the required skills as stated in the description in your resume’s Skills List and Work Experience. This step alone will dramatically increase your likelihood of catching the hiring manager’s eye.
- Use industry language: i.e. Requirements Gathering, Process Engineering and Re-Engineering, etc…
- Provide cell phone and email only on your resume, for three reasons:
If you provide your address they may think it’s too far for you to drive. Maybe it is, but that should be your decision, not the hiring manager’s.
Home phones can be subject to “Reverse Look-Up”. This means your home address can be found using the land-line number. This cannot be done with cell phones.
To protect yourself from identity theft, as well as for security. A legitimate employer will not ask for your home address until you are signing a contract, in most cases.
- Where are you going? Including professional goals can help you by giving employers an idea of where you are going, and how you want to arrive there. You don’t need to have a special section devoted to your professional objectives, but overall the resume must communicate it. The question of whether or not to highlight your career objectives on the resume is a controversial one among HR managers, so go with your feeling. If you decide to list them, make sure they are not generic.
- Do not include “no kidding” information! There are many people that like to include statements like “Available for interview” or “References available upon request.” If you are sending a resume to a company, it should be a given that you are available for an interview and that you will provide references if requested. Just avoid items that will make the employer think “no kidding!”
- Avoid negativity. Do not include information that might sound negative in the eyes of the employer. This is valid for both your resume and interviews. You don’t need to include, for instance, things that you hated about your last company.
- Use numbers. If you are going to describe your past professional achievements, it would be a good idea to make them as solid as possible. Numbers are your friends here. Don’t merely mention that you increased the annual revenues of your division, say that you increased them by $100,000, by 78%, and so on. Unless the numbers are small, then leave them out.