One day you hear, “your resume should be 1.5 pages long” and the next you hear “if your resume is longer than one page, it’s getting trashed.” The everchanging resume rules are hard to keep up with! While you’re unsure of what resume tips and guidelines to follow, our recruiters are scanning anywhere from 25-45 resumes every single day, so we know a thing or two about the resume rules. Below we’re sharing 5 key tips to help your resume reach the top of the stack!
References can be a toss-up, many people think you need to include them on your resume and others don’t find it necessary. Bottom line, you do not have to and should not add references to your resume. If the hiring manager would like them later on, they will ask. Many times hiring managers wont ask for references until they are at the job offer phase, so save that valuable space on your resume to show your worth in skills and past experiences.
- Length rules.
Your resume should only have relevant work history - omit experience past 10 years. The only exception is if the job requirements ask for a large amount of experience, especially for director executive, and C-level positions. We suggest having two versions of your resume; the classic one pager and a longer version.
The main goal of a resume is for a hiring manager to be able to easily scan and highlight your experience, key skills, and get that quick snapshot of you that says, “Let’s bring them in for an interview.” In order to do that, your resume format needs to be clean and balanced. Keep the dates neatly aligned to one side and use an easily readable font, like Calibri or Lato. When focusing on the body of your resume, stay away from serif fonts like, Baskerville and Merriweather.
- Highlight your performance.
Before you begin polishing your resume, review the job description of the position you are applying for. Pull out the key buzzwords from the position's job description and weave them into your resume key skills and work history. This isn’t a free pass to lie; you cannot pull verbs and key buzzwords from the job description that you haven’t actually performed. Pull the words you can speak to and create a standalone summary of your greatest work accomplishments and tailor it to show your worth in the position you want.
- Show key metrics.
While your resume is only a snapshot, you still want to be as specific as you can. Being vague could lead to your resume ending up in the trash! When showing your work history, rather than saying, “increased revenue for the company.” Say, “increased revenue by 40% in the third quarter by ________.” When it comes to the other pieces of your work history, try to tell the story of 100 words in 20 words or less.
Whether you have perfected your resume, you need a second pair of eyes for editing, or you need help getting your resume in front of the right hiring managers - send your resume to the recruiters at Xtreme! Your future is their passion and they’re the best in the business!