How to Create a Knock-Out Resume

The importance of an eye-catching, well-written resume cannot be underestimated. First impressions count, and your resume is going to be your one and only chance to capture a potential employer’s attention.  It is estimated that the average employer only spends a few seconds scanning a resume, so it is very important to present yourself in the best possible light. Otherwise, your resume will be passed over in favor of the countless other resumes that an employer receives.  TLI has seen clients be so impressed with the look of a candidate’s resume that the candidate was initially considered the front-runner for the position!

So, what makes an eye-catching, knock-out resume?  First, the content of the resume has to be appropriate for the position.  Beyond that, there are several tips that you should follow:

  • Resumes should be chronological.  These are the most favored by employers.  Functional resumes are confusing to read.
  • Liberally use white space so that the eye can pause as it scans the content.  Use one-inch margins and allow space in between positions and education.
  • Use only one font.  To highlight certain aspects, italicize for impact.
  • Use bullet points to emphasize accomplishments for each position.  How did you add value to the organization or optimize performance? You need to be seen as someone who is an innovative leader, but also you must show that you are a pragmatic manager who has succeeded in planning and leading the execution of strategies that impact the bottom line.
  • When describing accomplishments, use words that emphasize dynamic execution, such as: transformed, reengineered, spearheaded, maximized.

If you follow these quick tips, you will be sure to impress and will be well on your way to a top level position!