By On Feb 01, 2020 Templates
The easiest way to begin writing a resume is to use resume templates available on the Internet as a starting point. From there, the more customized and narrowly targeted that you can design your resume, the better. Resumes should be crafted with specific jobs in mind in order to highlight specific skills, industry experience, and pertinent accomplishments. Resume writing can be considered more art than science, because its primary function is to create a positive impression on an individual with subjective views: meaning, there are no rules to follow per se, but rather all writing should simply be designed to solicit a positive reaction in the narrowly construed set of individuals that may be reviewing resumes for a given position. People are most successful when writing a resume when they develop a very clear idea of audience. What would a hiring manager or recruiter for that particular job most desire in a candidate? How can you make your job function and accomplishments align exactly to the position to which you are applying? When distributing your resume, you should feel more like an archer than a mailman: deliver exactly what a very specific audience wants, do not blindly send out your resume to a number of jobs and expect a positive response. A properly written resume, targeted to a specific job function and group of individuals, is your most powerful tool in job search. Because your resume is so important, it may be advisable to solicit the advice of a trusted and tenured professional in your desired industry or to consult with a professional resume writer.
When it comes to resume format and design, opt for a clean layout. A recent study from the job site Ladders found that resumes with so-called F-pattern and E-pattern layouts, which mimic how our eyes tend to scan web pages, hold a recruiters attention for longer than those aligned down the center, or from right to left. There is no one specific, best, font for resumes. You should use the same font style throughout, Leavy-Detrick says, but play with different weights and sizes to draw a recruiters eye to key parts of your resume. Sans serif fonts usually work best — Franklin Gothic, Calibri, and Avenir (the last of which we used for the attached template) are three of Leavy-Detrick is favorites.
Effective technology resumes clearly show the candidates technical skills a hiring manager should not have to go fishing for this information. An excellent way to include technical knowledge is to add a Technical Summary or Technical Expertise section to your resume. Break the section into subcategories so the reader can quickly scan through your knowledge of programs and applications. Possible categories include technical certifications, hardware, operating systems, networking/protocols, office productivity, programming/languages, web applications, and database applications. List only those programs/applications that you could confidently discuss in an interview. The reader should not be impressed only by your technical qualifications, but should also find you to be likeable and well-suited for the team. Soft skills such as interpersonal communications, ability to work collaboratively, and commitment to achieving corporate goals are just as desirable as your computer skills. In other words, your resume needs a personality. You can highlight some of these skills in a career summary section of your resume.
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