Do you have a summary that is really hard to look at? Does it crack the mirrors and the dogs bark? More importantly, does it not generate invitations to interviews? Sometimes tweaking a single design element or two can make a huge difference in both the readability of a resume, and the impression it makes on the reader. Here are 5 "beauty tips" to keep in mind when developing a resume that is a pleasure to read.
5 Beauty Tips for the Ugly Abstract
1 – Stay away from unusual fonts and over-the-top graphics. Yes, you can work with a few different fonts on your resume for visual appeal, but limit your creativity to just two. Keep in mind that smart wagers bet on old systems like the New Times Roman (if you prefer lettering with a serif) or Arial, Helvetica or Verdana if you are looking for a clean and modern look (sans serif) . And this filigree of Luke Skywalker and Vadar with light sabers crossed? Save it for your personal stationery.
2 – Think short. As a general rule, the candidate with an experience level of 5 to 5 years is best served by a resume of one page. A two-page curriculum vitae can be justified for mid-career professionals and executives. And 3 pages? Let's keep this length reserved for executives, those with a scientific or highly technical background, and CV (curriculum vitae).
3. Make use of indented text, bullets, italics and bold headings. The strategic use of these tools helps to organize the data, highlight the important points and dramatically increase readability.
4 – Do not be afraid of white spaces. Too many authors try to pack too much into one page, resulting in a summary with giant blocks of text that are hard to read. Eliminate what is not absolutely necessary and use bulleted lists to organize the qualifications and successes.
5 – Spell checking. Have you ever seen Miss Universe contanting smiling in front of the camera and showing a few spinach between her teeth? No, I do not have either. That's because they have teams of people who examine every aspect of their appearance before being screened on the world stage. Before your resume is launched on the world stage, you must take the same kind of care when it comes to checking for spelling and grammar mistakes. Why? Because many hiring officials will throw a resume if they even encounter a single spelling mistake. They have too many resumes to cope with a candidate who apparently does not care enough about job search to get the resume and accurate language spot. Can you blame them? After all, job search is your job at the moment. Treat it as if it was a job, because you are evaluated as if it was a job.
Pretty Resume – Getting It Read is the first step
Understanding that design elements alone will not put you in the job of your dreams. But they can help your resume to read. At this point, it is up to your qualifications, and the skill of the writer in communicating these qualifications.