As HR professionals and recruitment specialists, we see résumés every day. They come in all sorts of formats, fonts, and lengths, some with cover letters and some without. Some applicants simply send a link to their LinkedIn page. What should a professional résumé look like?
The Basic Dos and Don’ts
- Do decide on a font and stick to it: use a modern and easy-to-read font like Arial, Bookman, Calibri, Century Gothic, Helvetica, or Times Roman.
- Do use a font size between 10 and 12. Use of boldface or italics should be minimal and restricted to titles only.
- Do list your career goals and objectives; ideally, these should be consistent with your past work experience.
- Do personalize the content to the job you want.
- Do use brief sentences and point-form lists: use action verbs like coordinated, facilitated, organized, designed, and developed.
- Do run spell check one more time; ideally, ask someone else to proof it.
- Do put effort into the accompanying cover letter: it should be a simple one-page introduction indicating why you are interested in this particular position and why you are right for this particular job.
- Don’t forget to include your full name, address, and phone number.
- Don’t list all your job duties and responsibilities: tailor your on-the-job accomplishments to your potential employer.
For more information, read this interesting article from our friends at HR Morning, describing some not-so-smart statements that candidates have included in their resumes – HR Morning.
ARTICLE WRITTEN BY THE HR EXPERTS AT HR PLATFORM.COM