When applying for a job—whether it be at Starbucks or Google—you have to consider that in order for you to land the gig, your resume must survive round one of recruiting. Often times, employers sift through resumes and pull out impressive candidates, while tossing all the others.
While impeccable credentials play a huge role in landing your dream job, the organization of your resume is equally important. Credentials mean nothing if the employer doesn’t read your resume because it’s too cluttered. Your resume should be impressive at first glance. That means organized, not too crowded, and well written. Here are a few easy ways to move your resume to the top of the stack:
- Uniform formatting: when preparing your resume, make sure that all sections are aligned evenly. So, if you have a series of bullet points, make sure they are all in a straight line and evenly spaced.
- White space: your resume should never be too crowded or contain large paragraphs. An attractive resume has breathing room and white space so that it is easy to read and follow.
- Eliminate Wordiness: your resume should say a lot with very few words. Try to keep job descriptions brief, while still explaining your strengths and experience.
- One Page Maximum: Unless you have substantial publications, your resume should not exceed one page.
- Never lie: although it may seem tempting to exaggerate your experience, it is never a good idea to lie on your resume. Employers often pick resumes as top candidates because they identify with something on someone’s resume such as the sorority a candidate is in, or the fact that a candidate speaks fluent Italian. Imagine, you are in the middle of the interview, and the employer starts speaking to you in Italian. But, you don’t speak Italian, you lied because it sounded impressive. See the problem? Don’t lie.