President & CEOLainie Bennett is President and CEO of Millennium Personnel Corp., an independently owned and operated boutique administrative employment agency.
Top 3 Ways to Make Your Resume Style Visually Alluring
We all know that a resume is a must-have if you are job hunting. Nowadays, applying for work means filling out an application and submitting a resume online. Without a resume and cover letter, you are sure to be passed over for the job opportunity. But, with so many job candidates applying for the same office position, you ask yourself, what is the possibility that I’ll be chosen for an interview? One thing is for sure, to increase your odds of landing that job interview, you must adopt a stand-out resume style.
Gone are the days of having creative resume formats for creative industries only. Today’s top resume style trends call for artistic styles across all industries and positions. It’s best to ensure that your resume visually pops so that it isn’t passed over. But, be careful. There is a very fine line between professional and wacky. Just follow these steps and your resume will be both professional and visually appealing.
Section It Off!
Differentiate sections of your resume (i.e. Professional Experience, Education, Skills, etc.) using columns and boldface font. This will draw the reader’s eye to those specific sections. Make sure that they’re lined up evenly, as there’s nothing more unappealing to a Hiring Manager than a disorganized resume.
Use Your Time Wisely!
On average, a Hiring Manager spends 6 seconds reviewing a resume! Therefore, use your time wisely and do not have an interviewer searching for your qualifications. Use bullet points. They help to organize your experience into concise sentences. Stay away from writing paragraphs, as you are not writing an autobiography. You want to entice the employer to want to know more about you and invite you in for a job interview, not to put him or her to sleep.
Make It Easy on The Eyes!
Your resume or CV should be easy to read. Do not cram every space! An employer should not have to strain his or her eyes when trying to read it. It’s essential to have white space on the resume, which makes it more legible. Also, be sure to stick with a professional font and a reasonable size, ideally size 11-12.
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