A resume is your personal marketing tool to quickly show how and why you are the ideal candidate for a role. A strong resume generates engagement from the employer resulting in interviews and conversations regarding your qualifications. Consider that your resume may need to be different depending on the type of position for which you are applying. We encourage you to match your resume to the organization and position.
- Your resume should only be one page. (There are few occasions that would warrant a longer resume - i.e. you are applying for a very senior level role that requires a lot of breadth of experience.)
- Ideas on how to keep it one page:
- It should not be a complete job history. Instead, choose to include only the experiences that match the qualifications and experience of the position for which you are applying.
- Shrink your margins.
- Your resume format (bolding, italics, etc.) should be consistent throughout your document.
- The text should be between 10 pt and 12 pt.
- Use consistent and proper punctuation.
- Use a variety of action verbs throughout your resume without duplicating the same word. (Hint: use a thesaurus if needed.)
- Incorporate numbers, sales, savings in your document in a number format. This draws attention to the numbers almost immediately.
- Don’t forget to use your friend “spell check” and proofread carefully.
- Ask 2 people to review your resume and give constructive feedback.
- Your resume should be a working document, and you should always have it ready to submit to that “dream role”.
- Save early and often when updating your resume.
- Save as a PDF. This will eliminate any format changes when submitting to an Applicant Tracking System.