Last week we went to a resume workshop hosted by AAPD, and here are a few of the tips they shared with us:
1) Two (2) font maximum:
Multiple fonts make if difficult for the reader to follow your resume.
2) Don't write paragraphs:
Keep your task detail to a one-line bullet. If someone wants to read a novel, they will buy one.
3) Spark interest:
Employers see hundred of resumes regularly. If you enjoy dance, international travel, and Cuban cuisine - list that! Create opportunities to spark conversation.
4) Keep a master resume:
Keep a word document of every job you've ever had. That way you can always cross reference to see if you have old experience that relates to a new position you're interested in.
5) Have multiple people review:
Spell check is not reliable. Have a group of friends review your resume to ensure things make sense. A second sets of eyes can always catch the typos we miss.
6) Apply for the job!
Don't let one or two qualifications for a position scare you from applying for a job. Job descriptions are written broadly and are often explained in a more concise manner once interviewed. If you're unsure of your qualifications, as for an information interview with the company to learn more. They may point you in the right direction.