If your resume is one of hundreds of resumes that a screener must sift through for a single job opening, the last thing you want is to be in the grey abyss of mediocrity. That is the case with today’s candidate, Henry. It is highly unlikely that this mundane resume would generate interest. We can rescue Henry’s resume from the abyss. We can even make it marvelous. Here are my initial tips for Henry.
1.) Step it Up with Style
Henry’s resume lacks style. He would benefit greatly from larger font size for his name and for the category headings. Minor graphic elements would be helpful, such as a single-line page border, shading between the categories, larger font for the category headings, and maybe a chart with a color accent to showcase the areas of expertise. (currently that long list of densely-formatted key words/skills) Why is style important? It sets you apart from other resumes because it actually showcases your key selling points. It shows you cared enough to take time to make your resume look great. It demonstrates that you are technically savvy enough to create a nice document. Or, in the case of many wise job searchers, it shows you are savvy enough to hire an expert resume writer!
2.) Make it Easier to Read
Henry’s font choice is working against him. Arial Narrow is a very tough font to read, especially in 10 points. A better choice may be Verdana, Calibri, Candara, or Garamond. Depending on the font, 10 points or 11points will work best. To make the headings stand out, make them two to three points larger than the body text.
3.) Highlight Your Top Values
The profile section is your first chance to sell yourself. If you start with a meek whisper, you will not be heard. Pack a punch in this section. Hit the key points, such as areas of expertise, industry experience, and one or two top accomplishments. Things like, “Fortune 100 clients” and “global marketing experience” with the supporting examples of something you did should be included in the profile. One or two quick examples right up front will go a long way in establishing your credibility and suitability for a role.
With a little effort, Henry can take his resume from mundane to marvelous! If you need help spicing up your resume, check out these articles listed below. Also, contact me for one-on-one help. Whether you need a quick resume critique, like we did for Henry, or our professional resume writing services, I am here to help.