You can never overestimate the importance of a good resume in today's job market. A well done resume can go a long way toward landing the job you want. It can open the door for you to be granted an interview. All you want is a chance to prove to a prospective employer why you are the best person for the position. Having a solid resume gives you a good first impression. This can mean the difference between getting an interview and having it thrown in the in the garbage. You should do everything you can in order to stand out from other job applicants. It is an important first step in the job process and if you follow these 7 tips, you can increase your chances of getting your dream job:

Use Proper Formatting

The format is important because you want it to be understandable to the person reading it. Remember, people in human resources read dozens of resumes every week. There is nothing worse for them than to read substandard material. Limit your font selection to no more than two and limit your bold letters. Your paper selection should be either white or beige. Do not use bad fonts or colors. Times Roman is a great font to use for good formatting because it makes it easier to read. Make sure that you leave enough white space so that it is pleasing to the reader's eye. There are other good fonts that are available. Take your time and research the one that is best for you.

Keep Your Resume Short

It should be straightforward and direct. Studies have shown that you only have 7 seconds to make a good impression. An ideal length for it is one page, but it should be no longer than two. If you have a long employment history, you should summarize it. If you have several temporary jobs, try and explain why they did not last longer. Fill in the gaps of your work history. A long resume can also be boring to the person reading it. Keep it short and focused.

Provide Contact Information

Make sure that all your contact information is included. If you forget this, then it will be thrown away. Why should a prospective employer sift through it and try to identify you? Take your time and get this part right. Make sure that you include your name, address, city, state, zip code, and home phone number. It is probably also a good idea to include your cell phone number and your email address. You want the company to be able to contact you anywhere at anytime. You should also put down at least two references, and avoid using family members.

Make Sure That Your Design Stands Out

Make sure that the design of it highlights your work experience, skills, and education. Employers scan through your resume and if your skills do not match the job, this will make a bad impression. You can probably forget about being called in for an interview. Employers are busy and do not want to waste time on someone that is not qualified. A good design can also put you in a position of being able to earn a higher salary.

Make Sure That Your Resume Is Organized

Do not make the common mistake of putting your education first. Your education is important, but your potential employer is more interested in your work experience. In other words, they want to know what you have actually done. You should place your skills and work experience first. They should be listed at the top and your education should be last. This will make it easier for the hiring manager because they can make a better judgment of your qualifications. It will also help them save time. It will also let them know that you truly want the job.

Do Not Include A Summary

This is unnecessary and is a waste of your time. The human resources manager already knows about the job posting. He or she has already read it and has a general idea of what your qualifications are. It is probably included in the cover letter, so it is not worth repeating.

Proofread Your Resume

Proofread your resume before you send it. Check it more than once for possible mistakes or typos. A resume with poor grammar and misspellings will give a bad impression. It will tell the employer that you do not care enough and you will be eliminated from consideration. You should also get some family members or friends to look at it and ask for suggestions. There is no excuse for a poorly written resume and you should make sure that yours is well written.

When you are creating a resume, you should use proper formatting. Keep it short and straightforward and provide contact information. Make sure that your design stands out and make sure that it is organized. Do not include a summary and proofread it. A good resume can help you get the job that you want. Do everything that you can in order to make it happen. If you follow these 7 tips, they will increase you chances of getting the job.  

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