Resume Tips to Start Your Job Search on the Right Foot

resume tips

A resume is like a snowflake – each and every one is unique. However, there are several things each resume should incorporate to ensure you’re setting your job search up for success. Here are four resume tips to get you started off on the right foot.

Appropriate file names

When you apply for a job or send your resume to a recruiter, the file must be named appropriately. Human Resources professionals and recruiters look at hundreds of resumes each week. If yours isn’t easily identifiable, it may be lost in the weeds. In other words, don’t submit a resume titled “resume” or “copy of resume.” Instead, make you, as the candidate, identifiable without anyone even having to open your resume. Name it something like “First Name Last Name 2019 Resume.”

Proper file type

You also must be conscious of the file type of your resume. It’s always advised to submit your resume as a PDF. Microsoft Word or Pages documents don’t always open up in certain software applications. For example, if you send your resume in a Pages document, it can’t be opened or read in Microsoft Word. However, every device and computer can read a PDF document, so be sure to export your resume as one before you submit it!

Formatting

Keep the formatting clean and simple. Don’t try to overcomplicate your resume with colors, graphics, and any other design elements. Hiring managers and recruiters are BUSY. The more basic the formatting and layout of your resume, the easier it is to read. Have nice margins, plenty of white space, and utilize a legible font.

Gone are the days of the one-page resume. Don’t try to cram your years’ worth of experience onto one page. It’s perfectly acceptable to have your resume on a couple of pages, especially if you are well into your career. Don’t do yourself an injustice by weeding out experiences to try and fit everything onto one page.

Tailor your resume

Unfortunately, you cannot just submit the same old resume to every job posting. You must tailor your resume to each position you apply to. Yes, that can be exhausting, especially if you’re actively searching for a new job. However, if you spend some time reviewing the job description, it’s not as bad as it sounds. The job description is actually detailing exactly what the hiring manager is looking for in an employee. If your resume reflects the job description, you’re in good shape for receiving an interview!

Keep these four resume tips in mind the next time you decide to hit the job market. And if you feel that your resume is looking great and you’re ready for a new opportunity, check out JSG’s job board!