How Does Your Resume Look? 5 Tips for Changing the Way Your Resume Appears

If you’re looking for a new job, then it’s time to pay close attention to your resume. If you’re still using the same one you had four years ago, you’ll find it’s likely hiring managers and recruiters may not be paying attention. Your resume is the first way and the first time you’ll be able to make a first impression on those who have the ability to hire you.

When Was the Last Time You Updated Your Resume?

Some surveys find that up to 8% of those living in the U.S. cannot even remember the last time they looked at their resume. This is not a positive strategy for looking for a new job. It’s likely to result in a truly negative experience. Although you don’t have to update your resume every time you get a new assignment at work, it should be a habit to refresh it regularly. 

For those who travel and take frequent assignments, it can be challenging to update your resume if you don’t do it frequently. But, even if you’re in the same position for years at a time, you should look at your resume every 12 months to add new skills and experiences, certifications, and awards that you may have received in the past year. When left to the last minute, you will undoubtedly forget to add an important event.

Once the Content Is Finished, What About the Formatting?

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, resumes were a single column down the center of the page in which the summary appeared at the top, education directly underneath, and your experience listed from current to past years listed beneath that. Today, hiring managers are sometimes making quick decisions about what resume they’ll even read by looking at the formatting. While judging a book by its cover is not the smartest way to hire the brightest employees, unfortunately, many hiring managers are presented with tens of resumes and most weed through the first ones quickly.

  • The look or appearance of your resume actually speaks to the formatting of the page, the font you use, and even the colors. Find examples online of the current format you can use for your content. Since many times your resume is delivered digitally, you may be able to afford to include some massive color portions. Get rid of any playful or unprofessional fonts, using only modern fonts you’ll find on current resume samples.
  • Lose the objective of your resume as it’s a potential red flag you’re not current in standards and practices. Instead, use a descriptive headline that reflects your experience and an opening summary that highlights your top selling points.
  • Lose any mention of outdated skills and terminology that may make you look like a dinosaur. Look through the resume for another formatting that pinpoints your experiences as being years old. Be sure to include a list of your soft skills or those that speak to your ability to work independently, on teams or in leadership positions.
  • Remove the snail mail from your resume as it is in your cover letter. Instead, boost your social profile by adding links to your LinkedIn account or any personal website or blog.
  • Toss any section that lists references or testimonials. In the first place, you don’t want to waste valuable real estate on the resume by offering something your hiring manager knows they will get at the end of the interview process. In the second place, checking references comes at the end of the hiring process and should not be used as a way to weed out potential candidates. When references are checked too early in the process, it may send an alert to your current boss that you’re looking for a new position.

Are You Ready to Have Your Resume Evaluated?

At Capital Healthcare Solutions, we will critique your resume and offer formatting suggestions so your resume can be found at the top of the pile. Contact our professional recruiters today, and let’s get started helping you find your dream job.

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