Ways to Boost Your Resume

by Kari Oakley about a year ago in interview

Tips to Help Improve Your Resume

Ways to Boost Your Resume

What Does a Good Resume Look Like?

A good resume catches the reader’s attention at first glance. If you know the term, “dress to impress” this does not only apply to the way that you dress, and look when you walk out the door to do something big in your life, but it also applies to creating a resume. Considering that most employers only spend on average, 30 seconds to a minute to look over the resume, appearance is everything. Especially in the world that we live in currently, the surface of things is what matters to most people.

White space in a resume is okay and actually encouraged. It helps the page look balanced, and well-thought-out rather than the other way around. Put only the essential, and completely necessary information on your resume. You should consider not putting items on your resume that do not relate to the job you are applying for. The job you are applying for determines a lot of things. For example, if you were applying for a job in graphic design, you would want your skills to be shown not only in the content of your resume, but in the layout of it as well.

Key Things to Remember

Contrast, color, and alinement are some key professional things to remember while considering how to create your resume. It is also recommended to find a free resume template online to make sure that you have everything in order. There are plenty of websites that can help you in that area when dealing with working and shaping the word flow on the page.

A resume is a key representation of who you are. This is one of the main reasons why it is so important to make sure everything looks as great as you do. Even if you do not think that you have done any meaningful jobs, or have any great skills to offer, you do. Everyone brings something unique to a company. You have unique experiences and challenges that have shaped you in different ways than the people around you. Your job is to see those things in yourself, and incorporate them into your resume. Something to remember is that your resume is your first impression and might be the only time that you get to present yourself to someone or to a company. The resume should look like you do in a way much like a statue does a real human being. The employer should be able to know what kind of person you are by looking at it and reading it over. It should mirror what you value and think to be important.

How to Present Yourself

On the business side of this all, you may believe or think that you need to be someone else rather than yourself to fit a certain mold or type of person. Now a day, this is becoming less and less evident. Job interviewers are looking less on that, and more at the people who are well rounded. These kinds of people help shape a company into something greater than what it is, and that is one reason why they like that.

Do not try to be someone you are not. Job recruiters understand when you do not know a certain skill, or that you are not perfect in something. Do not ever lie about something on your resume, it will not get you anywhere. Lying will create sometimes unreachable expectations. The beauty of going to work at a new company is that there are plenty of new things to learn and bosses are usually pretty understanding of that.

Do not stress too much about your resume, because a lot of the time, it is a trial and error process. You can add to it and adjust it as many times as you want, and that is something that you should do often. Have your trusted friends look over your resume as well, they could possibly add to your success.

Kari Oakley
Kari Oakley
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Kari Oakley

Kari Oakley is a fitness trainer from Kenosha Wisconsin. She now lives in downtown Chicago, and loves to get out. She is a big fan of anything adventure, and loves getting a workout in the outdoors.

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