Still wondering why your resume failed to get you an interview? Well, the fault may not be in the content but the way it was presented. Recruiters have to scan through hundreds (even thousands) of resumes, so every document gets roughly 30 seconds or less on an average for impressing the recruiters.
Coming up with a perfectly formatted resume doesn’t always involve bullet points and attractive lines. You need to understand your capabilities, the requirements of the job profile for which you are making an application and the needs of the industry in which the organization operates. By analysing these three quintessential aspects, you would be able to come up with a good resume format for yourself.
However, do check out these 6 tips that should help you in coming up with an effective resume format that would make an awesome first impression on the recruiters.
Use Left Alignment
The human eye is naturally compatible with reading from the left margin, especially when we need to read a new line. So keep things aligned to the left, including the bulleted statements, so that the reviewers are able to go through the document without much difficulty. It will also help to avoid unwanted spaces and gaps that occur when using a justified alignment scheme.
Keep the Same Font Size and Type throughout the Document
Except for your name (which appears at the top), all other contents should have the same font size. The type of font should be same for all. This ensures better readability for the document and does not cause distractions. Bold, italics, and all-caps may be used to highlight specific sections, instead of using different font types and sizes.
Capitalize the First 5 Words in Your Bulleted Statements
When a recruiter skims through a resume, he is most likely to go through the first few words in each bullet, so it would be a good approach to capitalize the first 5 words just to make it more appealing. This would ensure better engagement and would also gain the attention of the recruiter.
Use Short and Effective Bullet Statements
No one has the time or patience to read through lengthy paragraphs. Consider using short and effective bullets to emphasize your points in less words without beating around the bush. This would also help to make a good impression on the recruiters. Ideally, you should never put more than 2-3 lines per bullet as anything beyond this would look rather stuffed.
Consider Using a Separate Section for Skills
Now all of you must obviously have mashed this important information in other sections, but it would be really effective if you create a separate section dedicated only to your skills. Not only will this club your skills in a single section, but it would also help to portray your abilities properly to the recruiter where he would be able to relate the skills that you possess.
Don’t Cram Every Information into the Document
You might feel that cramming your resume with details (to the last white space) would help to get an edge. But you are sadly mistaken. This would only worsen your problems. Just ask yourself if you would be interested in going through a document that looks more like graffiti (with all the bullets and information) rather than a properly spaced document. You would be at your wits end to go through a single document. Recruiters have to go through this tormenting experience every single day and have to deal with hundreds of such documents. So be kind to these poor souls and optimize your space by keeping a little white space. Sometimes less is good.