We can’t stress enough how important your resume is. You will most likely be passed on for an opportunity if there are any errors in formatting/spelling/grammar etc. on your resume. Review it on paper several times and ask a friend to check it for you too. You would be surprised by what a set of fresh eyes can find. Make sure the format is consistent; that is, remember to line up dates, check the spacing, use the same style throughout; use proper tabs instead of spacing over, and if you use bullets, make sure they either all have periods at the end or none do to be consistent. The person reviewing your resume may be reviewing your formatting as well as this is a reflection of your computer skills. Make sure your current job is written in present-tense and past jobs in past-tense. Never rush the finished product. If there are any errors on your resume, you will get passed on without a second look. Never give someone a reason to pass you over as they review a stack of resumes. Remember that the people reviewing your resume are looking for candidates who produce quality work and have a strong attention to detail, not just what you’ve done in your career. Your resume directly represents you and errors are the number one reason for being passed on before you even get a chance to have an interview. We can’t tell you how many bad resumes come across our desk every day.
Other important factors to consider: Be sure to send in a resume or cover letter with the appropriate objective. An objective that is different from the job that you are applying for could be a concern for the person screening your resume. Make sure all correspondence applies to the specific position you are applying for. If you have a very specific objective, don’t apply for positions that are not related (i.e., applying for an Executive Assistant position when you really want a position in Human Resources or Marketing). Always bring a few copies of your resume, any letters of recommendation, and a list of references to an interview. Also, if you are using LinkedIn (which we recommend) make sure that your LinkedIn profile matches your resume exactly and get recommendations on your page . If you have a Bachelor’s degree or higher, it should be listed towards the top of your resume on the first page as well. Your resume should not be more than two pages unless you are a senior level manager. Most of the time you can adjust the margins and font, etc. to keep your resume on two pages.
We hope this information is helpful and best of luck in your search for a great job!