As one of Central Connecticut’s top employment agencies, Stewart Staffing knows that your resume is the first thing hiring managers will see. It’s how they decide whom to bring in for an interview and whom to leave off the list. If yours isn’t getting the results you want, then it could be due to any number of factors. Some include:
- You’re applying for jobs you’re not a good fit for
- Your resume is too long
- Your resume is too crowded and hard to read
- Your resume has spelling errors or mistakes in grammar
While there’s not much you can do about the first point – after all, you should only be applying for those positions for which you’re truly qualified – there are steps you can take to overcome the other issues. Here’s a look at how:
Cut it down.
It can be tough to edit down your experience, especially if you have a lot of it. But keep in mind, a resume isn’t mean to be an autobiography. It should simply highlight those jobs, accomplishments and experiences that make you a good fit for a particular role. So go through your resume, point by point and ask yourself whether the content does that. If it doesn’t, then cut it out.
Embrace bullet points.
When it comes to business or professional writing, you might not be used to bullet points. But embrace them on your resume. These offer an easy way to give a quick snapshot of your work and educational history so it’s easy to scan and read. Since hiring managers only spend a few seconds on your resume, this is critically important.
Some other formatting tips include: bolding your job titles, italicizing employment dates, using a type size that’s between 10 and 12, using a font that’s professional and resume-appropriate, and making sure the margins aren’t too tight.
Proofread…and proofread again.
If your resume has one small typo on it, chances are it’s not going to sabotage your job search efforts. However, if your spelling and grammar are consistently bad, then you’re not going to get a call for an interview. If this is a particular weak point for you, then ask a trusted family member or friend to proofread your resume for you. That way, you can rest easy you’re submitting an error-free document that’s judged based on your background, not on spelling mistakes.
Need more resume help or assistance with your job search?
Give Stewart Staffing a call. As one of Central Connecticut’s top employment agencies, we can connect you with opportunities at companies large and small all over the area. Contact us today if you’re ready to get started…and get a new job!