Posted on March 19, 2014 · Posted in Blog

Résumé styles change, just like fashion styles, cars and recruiting protocols do. If you want to show yourself as someone who is in touch with today’s marketing trends, it’s important to have a résumé that shows you know what’s going on the ever-changing world of work. Use this guide to formulate a winning résumé that showcases your professional savoir faire!

  1. These days, your name and contact information have moved from a vertical, middle-of-the-page format to the horizontal plane with one or two lines.  This presentation saves space and aligns with our (American) preference to read from left to right.
  2. The only objective you should ever write is one that states you want the posted position, and that you aim to increase sales, customer base, brand of the company, whatever the position posting says they need.
  3. Modernize the font from Times New Roman to a sans serif font such as Arial, Candara, or Tahoma. They’re neat and easy to read.  Do not mix fonts; it’s confusing and annoying to read.
  4. Font size can vary, with 12 for your name and 11 font for the body. This allows you to get more on a page and avoid looking like you’re trying to fill the page because you don’t have much to say.
  5. The top of the resume, from your name and contact information, down to the first job listing, should tell the hiring manager most everything s/he  needs to know.  I prefer Headlines over Objectives, but I would use the one that’s appropriate to the situation. I’ve written about the value of Headlines in my 2nd blog, OBJECTIVE? NO! HEADLINE? OH YES! HOW A HEADLINE JUMP-STARTS YOUR BRAND AND CATCHES THE RECRUITER’S EYE” 
  6. Underneath the Headline, a Skills Summary, usually in two to three columns, is your chance to load the resume with your top skills, always keeping in mind the skills required for the position you’re applying for. Here, you can top-load the résumé with key words taken from the posting.
  7. In the body of the résumé, instead of copying and pasting your job description, think about how you added value to your company by action words (verbs), such as improving, upgrading, changing, instituting, developing or collaborating, to create something that wasn’t there before.  And put in as many numbers, dollars and percentage points as you can back up to illustrate the unique impact you will have on the company’s success.
  8. Do not add your hobbies, such as reading or surfing. Nobody really cares, unless they ask for it, or a hobby has a direct relationship to the skills required for the job.  And never put in your marital status or the number of children you have.
  9. If you do volunteer work, particularly in a related field, that showcases skills that are related to the position you’re applying for, definitely add that.
  10. And, last but not least, do not put the names and phone numbers of your references.  You don’t want the recruiter calling those people before you have a job offer.  “References Available upon Request” at the bottom of the résumé is old news. Of course they are

Bonus point 11- Pictures, graphs, instagrams- put yourself in the recruiter’s position; if you can understand it and feel it’s relevant to your industry, do it. If you get annoyed reading it; don’t do it.

If you are interested in hearing more about how this works, please visit my website, www.resumesandmoreconsulting.com or write to me now at susan@resumesandmoreconsulting.com. We can have a free Consultation Call where you can tell me what stage of your career you’re at and what you’re looking for next.

About the Author

Susan has always been interested in how people came to be applying for a particular job, and she often saw that there was a gap between their passion for making a difference and the way that their résumé represented them. She often had to restrain herself from offering to completely re-write their résumé. She did, however, find herself turning their résumé around on the desk so they could follow along as she suggested changes that would have it look better and be clearer. She loved the look on their faces and the “thank you” she received as she pointed out simple fix-its.