The unemployment rate in the United States of America only continues to increase due to the effects of COVID-19. At The Global Edge, our passion is our people and it is our goal to help you find a position you are passionate about, even during these unprecedented times.
We have created 8 resume tips to help you start fresh, whether you’re looking for a new career or just wanted to re-vamp your resume.
8 Resume Tips That Will Help Impress1. Tailor Your Resume
Think of your resume not as a comprehensive list of your career history, but as a marketing document selling you as the perfect person for the job. Sure, you may have a lot of experience in a variety of different fields, but for each resume you send you will want to highlight only the accomplishment and skills that are most relevant to the job at hand. Do this by reading and trying to understand the job you’re applying for in order to tailor your resume to the specific position.2. Keep a Master List of All Jobs
Since you’ll be tailoring each resume to the specific position you will be applying for, it would be wise (and efficient) to keep a resume master list on your computer where you keep any information you’ve ever included on a resume. This list will include all your previous work history, skills, talents, awards, and bullet points tailored for different applications or special projects that only make sense to include for certain positions.3. Put Your Most Relevant Experience “Above the Fold”
The first impression of your document is the most important. “Above the fold” refers to what you see on the front half of a folded newspaper (or, digitally, before you scroll down on a website). This means you should make sure your best experiences and accomplishments are visible on the top third of your resume. Use relevant keywords while putting your best, most relevant experiences first on your resume, which will serve as a hook for someone to keep on reading.4. Keep it Simple
Make your resume easy on hiring managers’ eyes by creating a resume that is clean and simple. Use a basic but modern font and a font size between 10 and 12 leaving an appropriate amount of white space on the page. Keep the page simple and keep it consistent. Your focus should be readability.5. Design Matters
A well formatted resume can go a long way. With a limited time to get important information across, make sure that the information on your resume is easy to skim so you can stand oud. Maximize the first five words of your bullet points and use a template that is simple but pleasing to the eye.6. Keep it Relevant
Regardless of the length of your career history, try to focus on experience relevant to the position to which you are applying. If you don’t have relevant experience that fits a specific position, focus on your transferrable skills along with any related side projects or notable academic achievements.7. Bullet Points Matter
Despite the many roles you may have had at a previous position, try to only have five to eight bullet points per work experience. If you have a hard time narrowing down, think of ways that you made an impact, impressive achievements, and use numbers to convey how you made a notable difference.8. Show, Don’t Just Tell
Highlight your successes in both hard and soft skills. State your work results explicitly, using numbers if possible, to show case your work. By showing results of hard and soft skills, hiring managers will have a clearer view of what you are capable of.