Updated: Mar 18, 2019
We're about to give you our best resume tips, for free:
This is for anyone who has finished writing their resume or maybe just starting. These tips could give you an upper hand over the competition. We understand how easy it is to overlook the finer details when your mind is focused on getting that dream job and we hope our tips will help you get it.
Tip 1. Your email address matters.
This is probably a no-brainier but it is one that we see all the time. Having an unprofessional email address is one of the highest causes in CV rejection.
Remember that your name is valuable
Tip 2. Is your contact information up to date.
The wrong contact information on your resume could mean a missed opportunity.
Keep personal information like your date of birth and or marital status out of your CV. The world is changing and not many employers need or will use this information and in countries like the USA are not allowed to take this information into consideration when looking for a new employee.
Pro tip 1: If you’re looking for a job in a foreign country or a different city, leave out your current address.
3. Don’t set your font size too big or too small, keep it professional.
Make your resume easy to read with the right font and text size.
We believe that size 11 is the perfect number.
The best fonts in our opinion:
• New Times Roman
The worst fonts to use in our opinion is:
• Comic Sans
• Curlz MT
4. Start with your most recent experience and work backward from there.
For your past experience section, put your most recent job first. Don’t go back for than 10 years.
For your education section, put your highest degree or your highest qualification first.
5. Bold, caps, and italics are your secret weapon.
The use of bold, caps and or italics to highlight key information will set your resume apart from the rest but remember that too much of a “good thing is a bad thing” so do n’t overuse anything. The point is to highlight important information so that it’s easier to find.
6. Use professional subheadings.
You want to set a professional tone throughout your resume so stay away from any subheadings that would decrease the professionalism.
Use subheadings like:
Stay away from the subheading like:
Professional Background and Work History
Pro Tip 2: Make sure that they are easy to find and easy to skim read as well.
7. Google is your friend.
Google has an unlimited supply of resume templates that can save you a lot of time and effort if you are not comfortable with starting from scratch with programs like Word.
8. Align your resume with the job description
Make sure that your resume highlights the fact that you have the skills necessary for the job in the first place.
Identify the skills needed in the offer and then add these skills throughout your resume. It sounds more difficult than it is, but these keywords are what you should put on your resume above all else.
9. Make an aesthetically pleasing resume.
Balance the amount of white space and text in your resume so that it is easy for the hiring manager to read.
Pro tip 3: Don’t try to fit everything on one page.
10. Email subject lines are just as important.
Don’t sacrifice all the hard work you’ve made in preparing your resume by sending an email with a terrible subject line.
An ideal subject line:
Alex Johnson Resume
Stay away from:
Do you have a job
Any position will do
These type of subject line are sure to guarantee that your resume could end up in an inbox with hundreds of other unread resumes.
11. Don’t spend too much time on cover letters.
Hiring managers don’t spend a lot of time reading cover letters because they need to get through a number of resumes so don’t write an autobiography. Keep it simple and to the point.
Pro tip 4: Match the cover letter with your resume and highlight the skills that align you with the job description
12. Your promotions and achievements matter.
Make sure to highlight any of the promotions or achievements that you have received in your previous work experiences. Add numbers and details where possible.
13. Don’t appear to be patronizing or condescending.
Keep in mind that the person that may be interviewing you may not be familiar with the technical jargon that you have acquired over the years. Especially in technical industries such as law or engineering.
The rule of thumb is generally to use layman’s terms or simplified equivalents wherever possible. This will definitely be beneficial to you in the long-term.
14) NETWORK IS KING
Most will omit the fact that it’s not what you know but rather whom you know that matters most. Don’t rely on just a resume to get you your dream job. Go out and network with the people that have the job you want and build your network. A strong network is far more valuable than a strong resume. But a strong resume in a strong network makes you unstoppable.
We know that it can be easy to forget small details when you’re feeling under pressure to write the perfect resume but if you follow these tips you will be on your way to getting your dream job.
Do you have any more tips? What are some of your personal tips that you can share? Let us know in the comments section.