5 Resume Hacks To Showcase Your Best Professional Self!

5 Resume Hacks To Showcase Your Best Professional Self!

According to a study, an employer will only look at your resume for 7 secs. Now, this is the only time you have to make sure you highlight your strongest points and make an impression strong enough to be considered. Remember a resume should only be 1-2 pages long and should contain only those achievements that are relevant to the job.

We have combined some extremely helpful tips that will make your resume extremely easy to read and help you stand out.

Keep Everything Above The Fold

While preparing my very first resume, I had a mentor who advised me to keep everything above the fold. Now, “above the fold” is basically what you see on the first half of a newspaper but in resume language that can be thought of as the upper part of the resume.

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To use this trick, fold the resume in a half (in your mind) and then put the things that you want to highlight the most in the upper part above the line of the fold. That may be work experience for some, projects or maybe even your skills (if you are a fresher).

Now if you want to be even more precise, divide your resume into four parts and then put the most important things in the following order

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Keep It Simple

With so many options to choose from, it can become a little confusing as to what is a good resume design and formatting. We all want to channel our creativity and make our resume aesthetically pleasing, but the secret to what actually makes our resume easy to read is- keeping it simple.

The first thing you should take care of is to make sure the font is easy to look at. Using classic, modern fonts like Arial, Calibri, Helvetica can be a good choice. These are clean fonts with good spacing between each character which makes them legible.

Avoid using templates that have a lot going on in them. Choose a simple template with good divisions that will help highlight each section.

When you choose a font size, remember to stick with it. It is important that you maintain consistency for the ease of reading. You can choose a different font size for headers or your name but avoid using different font sizes for emphasis as that might create a break in the flow.  Also, make sure the font size isn’t too small or too big. You have to make sure the recruiter isn’t squinting their eyes to read through your resume. Because if that happens, chances are your resume won’t even see through the 7 seconds. But of course, that’s doesn’t mean the font should be too big. Anywhere between 10-12 for the body should be good.

Maintain proper alignment

Always maintain left alignment on your resume. Never center your text or use justify. Although justifying the resume might make it look clean, the extra gaps in between will create unnecessary breaks and distract the person reading your resume.

However, put your contact information on the top right side of the resume to make it more prominent

Use Bold, But sparingly

Bolding words can be a good way to emphasize important points in your resume. But make sure you don’t go overboard.

You need to evaluate the strengths that you really want to highlight and believe will best describe your personality.

Some even use ALL CAPS to highlight but that should be avoided as much as possible because it makes the words difficult to read.

Do Not Cram Everything In One Page

Lastly, it is very important to have some breathing space on your resume. Do not cram all your work experiences or projects (this isn’t a CV!) on a single page. Instead, choose the ones that really showcase your strengths and your contribution.

Leave white spaces between each section so as to differentiate between them and make the resume easy to look at. Use line spacing, bullet points, and the line shape as they give a cleaner look to the resume.

Conclusion

Sometimes curating a resume might become overwhelming. While following these guidelines might make your experience a little easier, it is also important to keep in mind that adding your own personal touch is important to make the resume more YOU. So take your time and don’t worry if you don’t get it right on the first try.