Resumes are one of the things in life that scare me. In my humble opinion, resumes are stupid. Why you ask? They are stupid because you tell the world how good and special you are. How prideful must one get to write down all their accomplishments on a piece of paper? Personal unsupported feelings aside, these are the things from my research that make a good resume.
Step 1: Include the most important information at the top of your page.
Employers/reviewers spend less than 30 seconds looking over a resume the first time. To even be considered, something has to check their eye. Humans are wired to get bored with something the longer they do it (as long as they don’t love that thing). Reviewers get extremely bored looking over resume after resume; thus, the best approach to take is to put your most important information where the reviewer is most likely to see it – the top.
Step 2: Make your resume clear, concise, and free of grammatically errors.
This one should go without saying, but I’ll include it anyway. Like the papers we are supposed to write in school, resumes should be clear. Make titles distinct and don’t write in paragraph form. Paragraphs tend to be glossed over whereas points are much easier to read. If the resume is too long, and not concise, the reviewer will get bored and skim over all the words. Grammatical errors are simply unprofessional and make an applicant unprofessional.
Step 3: List accomplishments in jobs not jobs.
Reviewers are apparently more concerned with what you did in a job, and how it was done. Therefore, just listing all your professions since age six isn’t good enough. An applicant has to say how they led in each job, or what difference they made in their job.
And one final piece of advice: remember one type of resumes doesn’t fit all jobs. Make sure your resumes are personalized to the job you are applying to. In the words of a high school student that read a few online articles, if you do these things jobs will fall into your lap.