A good resume is written with the reader in mind – after all, that’s the person who is going to decide whether or not you get an interview. Following are three areas you can work on to make your resume more reader-friendly.
The people who review incoming resumes, such as company recruiters and hiring managers, are often very busy people who have hundreds of resumes to review. Instead of reading each resume word for word, they will quickly skim each resume, often not reading beyond the first half of the first page.
While it’s tempting to include every detail of your work history, this can result in a long document that is dense with text, and this is not conducive to skimming. When preparing your resume, focus on your audience and create a concise, reader-friendly document that won’t overwhelm your reader.
There are exceptions, but most job seekers can stick to one to two pages for their resume.
A resume needs to showcase your abilities for a particular job, so the content must be relevant to what the reader is seeking in the ideal candidate. Make good use of the limited space on your resume and only include information that supports your candidacy for that particular position. By tailoring your resume for each job you apply to, you increase its relevance to the reader.
Avoid applying for jobs for which your background is not relevant. While you may think you are increasing your chances of getting a job by applying for anything and everything, you may actually be hurting your chances by creating unnecessary work for the recipient.
Job seekers often include unnecessary information on their resume that simply wastes space. Remove any fluff or fillers from your resume to make room for relevant information. For example, it’s not necessary to include the phrase “references available upon request”, as employers assume you’ll provide references when asked to do so.
Typos suggest a person lacks attention to detail or doesn’t care about quality. Many recruiters and hiring managers will reject a resume that contains typos, so it’s important that your resume is error-free. Be sure you have a good editing process in place to avoid typos on your resume. And remember, each time you make a change to your resume you create the possibility for a typo, so proofread carefully with each revision.