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3 Ways to Make a Strong Impression with Your Resume

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Have you heard the statistic that recruiters only spend an average of 6 seconds reviewing a resume?

With such a short time to grab someone’s attention, you need to make the most of it and ensure your resume makes a great first impression. Here are a few ways you can start to communicate more through your resume in just a few seconds.

 

Make it relevant

For each job opening, it’s likely that a recruiter will go through dozens (if not hundreds) of resumes. What’s most important to them is whether or not you have the right qualifications and experience for the job.

Avoid simply listing the responsibilities from your previous positions and using generic terms. Rather than listing your day-to-day tasks, call attention to your achievements. Every company wants to hire those who can deliver results, so don’t be afraid to show off your accomplishments.

Go an extra step: carefully read the job description to find the key words and phrases and use these when writing your bullet points. By using the same language, you’re already establishing a similarity between the job description and your past experiences.

 

Make it easy to navigate

Help recruiters find the information they’re looking for by using clear headings and subheadings. A recruiter shouldn’t have to stop to think about where one position starts and another one ends.

Include important information close to the top of your resume to help ensure that it’s some of the first few things that a recruiter will see. Besides your contact information, consider highlighting a few big achievements from your past roles. If you’re in a technical field, try listing specific skills or technologies that you are proficient in.

 

Make it easy to read

Be sure that your resume is easy to read. You can do this through things as little as your font choice. Remember that serif fonts, like Times New Roman, can be seen as more formal and are easier to read when printed, while sans serif fonts, like Helvetica, are slightly more modern and easier to read on a screen. Be mindful – anything too fancy may be hard to read, and other fonts (like Comic Sans) may come off as unprofessional.

Regardless of your font choice, one of the best ways to help make your resume easier to read is to use short, concise bullet points. Use action words and where you can, numbers – did you increase sales? Did you cut wait times or make processes more efficient? Avoid filler words and points – they don’t add to your experience and may just fill up the page.

 

Using these tips to make your resume stand out from the crowd will help recruiters more easily identify whether or not you’re the A-player they want to add to their team!

Need a few more tips to really perfect your resume? Check out this post on the BCjobs.ca blog. Ready to go? Upload your resume to BCjobs.ca today and take a step towards your next big career move.

 

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