One thing you learn reading hundreds of resumes every month is what makes some stand out. Too many resumes are hard to read, unorganized and long. If your resume doesn’t show off how you can help the employer, they will just go on to the next one.
Your resume is the first thing a potential employer judges you by and you need to take the time to make it shine.
So what things can you do to make your resume stand out?
- Simple is always best – no fancy fonts, no weird formatting and no flowery words. Well written text and information telling a future employer who you are. Make it easy to find out what you can do for them.
- Create sections with bullet points of information for easier reading. Long paragraphs are boring, hard to read and so people don’t and can miss what experience you have.
Resume Format – what your resume needs:
- Objective – Only good if they are well written. Stay away from a rambling statement that doesn’t say anything. If you’re going to use one make it short and say what job you are looking for. No more, no less.
- Summary of qualifications – a great way to highlight your best skills and what employers care about – 2-4 well written bullets about your background.
- Education – if you’re a new graduate your education should be before your work experience, if you’re more experienced, it can go at the end or the beginning; it’s up to you.
- Work History – or you can call it Experience. See below for format sample. List your most recent position first. Don’t use “I” in your descriptions. So instead of I try – See 15 patients daily……
- License and Certifications – list national certifications and state licenses that are active or in process.
- Other – you might want to include associations or volunteer work that relates to the job you’re searching for.
Here’s an easy to read format for your work history:
Name of Company, city/state Dates of employment
Your Title (Bold)
Bullet points of what your job entails and your accomplishments. The key is show value and not write general descriptions. Write good explanations of your day including type and number of patients you see, note any procedures – chest tubes, suturing, etc.
- Margins – the 1” inch margins are not always the best, feel free to change them and allow more on each page.
- Number of pages of a good resumes – 1-3 pages works best – not too long but long enough to show them your experience. 5+ pages and you need to do some editing.
What to leave off your resume:
- Personal information like – Date of birth, Social Security #, etc.
- Jobs from 10+ years ago
- Information on your children and spouse
- References names & contact information – you will send them when requested by the employer
Final tips – read the job description of the position and review your resume for the skills required. If necessary tailor your resume for the position. Also, you might need more than one resume to focus on specialty or job title.