7 Resume Formatting Tips to Double Your Chances of Being Noticed

formatting tips

Hate your boss?
Looking to make a career change? Moving to a new city?

Whatever
your reason, if you’re looking for a new job, there’s one thing you’ll need:

A strong
resume.

Whether you
have an old resume that needs polishing or wants to create a brand-new one, keep
reading. Here are seven resume formatting tips to double your chances of being
noticed!

1. Keep It Clean

While resume
formats vary slightly from industry to industry, there’s one rule that holds
true for all:

It must be easy to read.

Don’t get
fancy with your fonts or styling. Stick to one or two professional, easy-to-read fonts like Calibri, Cambria, Garamond, or
Book Antiqua.

Keep your
headers simple as well: Education, Experience, Summary, and Skills. You
want the person reading it to be able to identify each section with ease.

If you’re
starting from scratch or if your resume is a bit outdated, choose a modern
template. Just make sure that it’s appropriate for your field or profession.

2. Focus on the Top Third of
Page One

The top
third of the first page is going to get the most attention. So, make sure it is
clear, concise, and inclusive of all of your most important information.

This part of
your resume should include your contact info, career summary, and the details
of your most recent job. Be sure to include some bold, attention-grabbing phrases!

If you have
a resume from ten years ago that you’re looking to polish, there’s a good
chance it includes an “objective” portion at the top. It goes without saying
that your objective is to get the job, so ditch that in favor of a career
summary.

3. Add a Skills Section

The more
resumes an employer receives, the more likely it is that they will scan them
looking for relevant information.

Highlighting
your skills allows them to do exactly that.

Without
having to read through all of your previous job experiences, a skills section
lets the employer know exactly what you bring to the table.

You can
detail your skills in a bulleted list or create subsections with specific
skills listed in different categories.

For example,
if you’re a marketing manager, you may want a subsection that looks like this:

Digital Marketing (SEO, affiliate
marketing, PPC advertising)

An IT
professional might have one that looks like this:

Software Development (CSS, HTML,
Javascript)

The trick to
creating a powerful skills section is to make it specific. List both hard and soft skills, and mention any software programs or
systems that you know. (Just don’t include the obvious, such as Microsoft
Word.)

4. Show Your Accomplishments

If you’ve
received awards or special recognition at previous jobs, mention them.
Including specific accomplishments is a great way to show that you have been a
valued employee in the past (and that you’re likely to be one in the future).

Whenever
possible, back up your claims and accolades with numbers and metrics.

For example,
don’t just say you were recognized as the top salesperson in your territory.
Instead, say that you were recognized as the top salesperson in your territory for doing $10 million in sales last quarter.

5. Use Page Two

There’s
nothing wrong with including a second page, as long as your experience warrants
it.

A second
page is perfectly acceptable if you have an extensive work history. And if you
are applying for a managerial or executive-level position, it’s actually expected.

Just as you
shouldn’t pad your resume with useless info, you also shouldn’t omit relevant
information because it doesn’t fit on the first page.

And don’t
use a super small font in the hopes of saving space, either.

To make your
resume easy to read, use a font that’s no smaller than 10 points and leave some
white space between sections. These elements are much more important than
cramming all of your information onto one hard-to-read page.

6. Include Links

Adding links
to your resume offers your potential employer a chance to learn more about you.
Include a link to your LinkedIn profile and a link to your personal website if
you have one.

If you’re
applying for a creative position, include a link to your online portfolio as
well.

You can make
your resume stands out even more by including a video link. Just make sure that
the video is brief (one to two minutes long), professional, and focuses on why
you are the best candidate for the job.

Any links
that you include should be in the header section of your resume.

7. Add Some Color

While it’s
best to print your resume in black ink on white paper, there’s nothing wrong
with adding a little color. In fact, a small touch of color is a great way to
make your resume stand out and get noticed.

We’re not
talking about adding bold, bright colors or multicolored text. We’re talking
about the addition of subtle colors such as light blue, light green, or pale
yellow. You can use these colors to highlight certain sections of your resume
or create header boxes for each subsection.

Don’t feel
comfortable adding color to your resume? Something as simple as a light grey header
box can help your resume stand out in a large pile.

In Summary

Regardless
of the job you’re applying for, you can be sure that you’ll have plenty of
competition. So make sure your resume is formatted to attract attention (in the right way, of course).

  • Keep the
    fonts simple and easy to read
  • Make sure
    the top third of the first page includes all of your most important information
  • Add a skills
    section to highlight your experience
  • Mention any
    special accomplishments or awards you’ve received from previous employers
  • Include a
    second page if you can’t fit your relevant experience on page one
  • Include
    links to your personal website, online portfolio, and LinkedIn account
  • Add some
    color by highlighting header boxes or specific sections

Apply these
formatting tips to your resume and you’ll have a much better chance of securing
an interview. And that’s where you’ll really be able
to impress!  

Author bio:

Working withBroadstone Market Station, Angus
Flynn has more than five years of experience in the multifamily housing
industry. In his free time, you will find him enjoying life on the Lake and
spending time with friends.

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