As we draw to the close of December, you may be starting to think about searching for a new position in the New Year. As you begin your planning and preparation, a standard step is to update your resume with any new positions, skills or achievements since your last edit. But have you considered the importance of optimising the formatting of your resume?
As a recruitment organisation, we see an enormous volume of resumes every day. They come in all shapes and sizes, but one of the main features of a stand-out resume is excellent formatting.
Good formatting ensures that you as the candidate are noticed, that your skills and relevant experience are highlighted, and key information is not lost in a jumble of words and fonts.
Some organisations will request your resume in a particular format. It is a good idea to have your final resume saved in standard file types, such as Word and PDF. If you have used a program such as Canva or Illustrator to design your resume, ensure that you can save it in standard formats so that users without these programs will be able to open the file.
This will also save you time when uploading your resume to popular job search sites, such as SEEK, Indeed and Jora, as they will only accept standard file types for resumes.
Overall layout and structure
The overall structure of your resume is key to ensuring that the information can be seen. The elements of a well-laid-out resume include:
When choosing a font for your resume, it is important to consider the following:
Consistent spacing throughout your resume is also an essential part of ensuring a clean, professional look. Spacing considerations include:
Attention to detail
We know that when candidates apply for a large number of positions, attention to detail can slip throughout the process. At times, we receive resumes and cover letters addressed to the wrong organisation, or with a misspelt name of the hiring consultant.
Accidents happen, but attention to detail is paramount when you are trying to make a good first impression, and your first impression is your resume! If you are writing individual cover letters and/or resumes, ensure you read over the content and look out for any sections you update regularly. Or, if it's been some time since you submitted your resume, double-check your contact details, spelling, dates and text to ensure a small error hasn't been hiding unnoticed for some time. It’s often useful to employ the help of a friend or family member to look over the document, as a fresh set of eyes may pick up an error you are unaware of.
We hope that these tips assist you in formatting your resume for job-seeking success! If you would like more assistance, resume writing is a service that we offer. Contact us today for information on the process and cost.
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