When an employer looks at a resume you have about ten seconds to catch his/her eye, so your resume needs to stand out from the rest and make that employer take a second look. Here are some tips to do just that.
Every resume needs to have an objective, and this objective needs to focus on the position that you are applying for. Once you have this objective the rest of the resume needs to support it. The resume needs to relate back to the job description. Your goal is to give the employer what he/she is looking for, and the job description is what they are looking for.
There are many different templates and patterns out there for resumes, and there is no rule saying you have to follow a specific one, but it is always a good idea to follow some general rules. The number one rule is never have any spelling or grammer errors. You should also stick to a generic font style such as Times New Roman or Arial. Font size is something else to consider, it is recommended that you stick to eleven or twelve point font, except for on headings and your name. Although the pattern is up to you make sure you stick to a uniform pattern. Do not change from bullets to numbers, or switch font styles in the middle of the resume. Something else to follow is never use pronouns, and always use active verbs.
You also need to look at the content of your resume. Try to make sure you use industry specific terminology whenever possible, this makes you look like you belong in the profession. Keep unrelated information out of the resume. Personal data such as your marriage status does not belong in the resume. Also, you should never list your reasons for leaving previous jobs on a resume; if an interviewer wants to know this they can ask during the interview.
Finally, have a a friend or someone you trust look over your resume and proof read it beforehand. You should print your resume on nice paper either in white or ivory(something easy on the eyes). Also, you want to bring extra copies of your resume to the interview just in case something happened to the interviewer’s copy.