Hiring managers look through stacks of resumes for each open position. The average job ad receives 128 applications. You have only a few seconds to impress a hiring manager. To maximize the chances of your resume staying in the “yes pile”, your resume format must be purposeful. A successful resume is more than your job experience and skills. Here are our top tips on how to make your resume easier for hiring managers to read.
Bullet points. Use bullet points when you can to make it easier for recruiters to skim. Try to keep your bullet points to one line, and choose the first five words of each bullet carefully. You want to be informative, concise, and brief.
Bold sparingly. Bolding can call attention to the most important pieces of information on your resume. When bolding job titles and company names, choose one. Don’t bold both. It can confuse hiring managers, and be a distraction.
Alignment. Always align your locations and dates information to the right. Also, never justify or center any text. It’s distracting and difficult to read. The majority of the text on your resume should be aligned to the left.
Font. Keep your font simple, and make sure it’s easy to read. A common choice is Times New Roman or Arial. Also, keep text size in mind. It must be easy to read on a computer screen and in print format. Try not to choose text smaller than 12-point or larger than 14-point for best results.
What are your resume formatting tips?