The New Year is a great time to update that old resume, removing outdated skills and adding your most recent achievements. However, if you’re dusting off your CV, you might want to think about making some stylistic changes as well. From modern design formats to brevity of language, here are some of American StaffCorp’s tips for keeping your resume modern and appealing to hiring managers:
Start at the Top
If you’re not making use of the top portion of your resume, you’re missing out on a valuable opportunity to catch the recruiter’s attention. The fact is that hiring managers receive dozens if not hundreds of resumes for a given job, and they don’t have time to read every word. With that in mind, it’s important to grab readers’ attention. For best results, showcase your phone and email address at the top of your page, along with a site like LinkedIn or Journoportfolio.com, where readers can view your work.
Ditch the Objective
Does your resume still feature an objective statement at the top of the page? If so, consider removing it and filling this valuable real estate with something more effective. Rather than telling the employer your goals for the future, aim to show what you can do for the company. For example, mention some recent accomplishments or achievements. Whenever possible, use numbers to back up your claims.
Embrace White Space
Just as a book page packed with tiny, single-spaced text can be intimidating to readers, a resume without white space can cause recruiters to turn their heads. Keep the crowding to a minimum by being selective about the information you choose to include. Technical skills and recent roles are probably relevant. That internship you held in college might not be. Additionally, you can skip certain dates, like the ones you started and finished college. Just provide the name of the school and your GPA if it’s likely to impress.
Give Your Resume and Your Job Search a Leg Up on the Competition
Based in Oklahoma, American StaffCorp prides itself on helping a wide range of job candidates find fulfilling positions in their chosen fields. Whether you need help fine-tuning your resume, locating great opportunities, or getting your foot in the door, you can count on us to be on your team. To learn more about our job search services, call today or start searching available openings online.