Top Resume Writing Tips from Professional Resume Writers
- Keep It Error Free
A company won’t be impressed by your resume if it contains spelling and grammar errors. Even a single spelling error demonstrates your inability to pay attention to details. When building your resume, do a thorough edit to ensure that there are no careless mistakes on your resume. It’s also wise to have at least two other people proofread your resume and give you recommendations. Consider hiring a certified professional resume writer to review as well.
It’s not only the grammatical error that kills your chance to land your dream job. We see this more often than seems possible. This happens when you incorrectly list a phone number or email address and obviously, the hiring team cannot contact, this seriously limits and even kills your chances of getting hired.
- Keep it Professional
A resume is a serious document, and you need to write it with a professional tone. Humor is highly discouraged (what about your email firstname.lastname@example.org. Companies are looking at hundreds of resumes and want documents that showcase your skills, experience and education, and most of the time, not your fun and quirky personality. With a serious and professional resume, you will be taken seriously.
- Keep It Polished & Organized
Make it as simple as possible. Don’t use a wide variety of fonts and don’t use quirky, creative fonts. Use fonts that are crisp, clean and easy to read. Resume designs for Best Price Resume were originally created by a graphic designer. We use good design principles to get as much as possible on a page while still maintaining readability.
Remember it is the content that truly counts. If you are applying for a creative position, you might be asked to submit examples of your work. Let the work speak for itself and keep the resume professional.
Keep your resume organize by using sections. You will want a Summary section that introduces you and provides contact information, A Professional Experience section that details work experience, and sections that detail specific skills, a section for education, certifications, references, etc. Use the same font and style for each header and the same format for each bullet point under the headers. Keeping the same style throughout the document makes it easier to read and more pleasing to the eye.
Make it easy for hiring managers to quickly review. Generally, a resume gets scanned for 25 seconds or less. Scanning is more difficult if it is hard to read, poorly organized or exceeds proper length.
- Keep It Dynamic
Anyone can list a bunch of information on a resume, it’s the way you write it that counts. For instance, we see resumes that states things like “worked on a wide variety of projects.” Instead of this weak type of resume writing, you might state this more powerfully and with keywords you “created and implemented sales strategies and marketing strategies for more than 100 clients that rapidly increased account leads.” This explains the types of projects and showcases your ability to work for many different companies. When we are resume writing we will take a list of tasks for which you were responsible at previous jobs and rank them toward your future career goals. Then we write them in such a way that they truly showcase your unique skills, abilities and qualifications.
- Keep It Short?
In general, the best resumes are those that are short and to the point. So they say. If this would be true last century. Nowadays with advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence, even small firms have access to Application Tracking Systems (ATS) that are used to filter out candidates well before a human starts reviewing the finalist. So in the 21st century, you also have feed the computer review your resume. It needs to be keyword rich such that is gets flagged for review by a human. When you keep it short for a computer, you are dramatically reducing your chances for review by a human. You may have great experience and expressed concisely, but today if you don’t write your resume to get passed the ATS you are putting yourself at a disadvantage.
It can be tricky to write keyword-rich resume content. Our writers here at Best Price Resume do it all the time. It is a skill to get flagged by computer systems while still be easily read by hiring manager. This is not a one or the other it is both. Need to be effective to get past ATS and needs to be readable for hiring manager.
If all this is too much, consider paying someone to write your resume. Resume writing is a bit of an art, and it can be a good idea to simply compile all of your information and hand it off to a professional resume writing service.