In the time it takes you to read Yahoo’s Money Minute blog, the average hiring manager can look at 10 resumes. No, really — studies show people look at resumes for a mere six seconds, and that means that if you want to hold their attention, you’ve got your work cut out for you. Luckily, in a recent Money Minute post titled “5 Resume Tips to Help You Land the Job You Want,” writer Mandi Woodruff offers terrific advice on how to make your CV stand out.
Provide Links — You should have a professional website and a LinkedIn page, and your resume should include hyperlinks to both. While you don’t need to include Twitter or Facebook, Woodruff recommends deleting any photos or posts on these sites that might mark you foul in the eyes of potential employers.
Center Your Headings — Believe it or not, there’ve been studies done on how people scan resumes, and their eyes tend to run down the center of the page. That means you should position headings like “professional experience” in the middle.
Choose the Right Font — There are differing schools of thought regarding what fonts are best, but as a general rule, Woodruff says, pick something that will be easy on the reader’s eyes. A few suggestions: Times New Roman, Helvetica, and Arial. Once you select your font, stick with it for the entire document.
Keep it Current — You might be really proud of your high school and college achievements, but odds are, they won’t do much to impress hiring managers. “Unless your Glee Club championship or college newspaper gig are relevant to the job you’re going for,” Woodruff writes, “nobody will care.” Follow that same rule when it comes to awards and scholarships.
Tout Your Accomplishments — Don’t simply list the duties of past jobs. Your resume is a terrific forum to showcase what you’ve actually accomplished — be it increasing revenues, signing clients, or whatever.