When I was in college, I hated resume writers. I thought it was a big waste of money. Why pay money to someone that you can do it yourself?
Now that I am older and wiser, I know better. Not everyone is good at writing resumes. Resume writers are needed. Especially in technology. People sending 20 page resumes, all weird fonts, spacing all over the place.
There are also recruiters and career coach who will look through your resume and give you advice for free. Even in this day and age you have to be clear and concise as to what you write on your resume.
Before you go to a resume writer, career coach, let’s talk to the basics. This will help you and them.
- Length – No more than 2-3 pages. If you are fresh out of college with not much work experience then 1 page.
- Font – use professional font i.e. Times New Roman or Arial. The font size should be 11 or 12 pts
- Margins – .5 to 1.0 pt margins
- White space – If you think there is too much white space or are not sure, do this experiment. Put your finger horizontally on top of you resume, If there is white space above or below, there is too much white space.
- Personal pronouns – Don’t use I, me or any first person pronoun.
- Experience – This shouldn’t go back more than 10-15 years.
- Summary – Think of this as your elevator pitch. Write a few sentences about what you have accomplished. Don’t use adjectives such as dedicated, hard-working, detail-oriented.
Got these basics? Now go talk to a resume writer and career coach so they can tailor your resume to the jobs you want to apply for.