How to Write a Resume That Employers Will Actually Read
Posted Wednesday, Jun 4, 2008 by
Employers and human resource professionals look at resumes all the time – so it’s important to create a resume that will break away from the norm. Here are some easy ways to creating a resume that will get their attention:
Mail your resume.
Unless the employer requests an email, mail your resume in. Right away, you’ll stand out because most people don’t take the time to print and mail anything these days. It takes time and initiative, but it will show your employer how much you care.
Use good-quality paper.
If you’re mailing in your resume, make sure it is on high-quality cream or white paper. And make sure your envelope is nice too. This is a great way to make your resume feel and look different than the rest.
Fed-Ex your resume.
If you really want to make sure your employer will see your resume, send it Fed-Ex. Yes, it will cost you a couple bucks to send it this way, but it works on getting the attention for a job you really want.
Use an easy-to-read font style and size.
Make sure your resume is easy on the eyes. Choose a font like Arial, Helvetica, or Times New Roman, and use a font size between like 11 or 12. This will ensure that your text can be easy to read.
Make each resume you send out unique.
Make sure the job description posted on an employer website matches the skills and experiences listed on your resume. Try to use some of the same wording so that the employer will see a match right away.
Make sure you have professional-looking email address.
A non-descript email address is better than a playful one. Employers who see an email address like “lilprincess” or “gamerboy” might trash your resume simply because it’s not professional. Create a new email address just for your resumes.
The person reading your resume is just scanning it at first. Imagine that you had to skim 100 resumes – how much are you going to read? So make it easy for the reader to scan your resume and see that your skills match the job description.
Use proper grammar and spelling.
One misspelling or grammatical mistake can kill your resume – and your credibility. So make sure to have other people proof your resume for sending it out.
Use one piece of paper.
It’s always a good idea to keep all your career and educational highlights on one page. You don’t want to risk any other pages getting lost in the shuffle.