Tips to screen your resume before applying for a job
- January 22, 2016
- Posted by: adminbw
- Category: Resume Tips
TIPS TO SCREEN YOUR RESUME BEFORE APPLYING FOR A JOB
Backed by research, we now know recruiters only spend six seconds on an average to scan a resume. Six seconds is all it takes for an employer to decide whether you’ll be considered for the type of job advertised or not. When the window of opportunity is this small, every word on your resume matters.
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After extensively researching the key things recruiters look for in a resume, we bring to you some tips to build a 10-minute regimen you should follow before you forward your resume.
1. Proofread Your Resume
Don’t overlook grammar and spelling. If your resume has basic spelling mistakes, say goodbye to your chances of being called for an interview. Not only does this reflect your lack of command on the language, it also conveys a message to the recruiter that you are not serious enough to interview for this position.
2. Format Your Resume
The first thing recruiters will notice – even before they scan your resume for details – is its layout. Make sure you properly format your resume before sending it across. Follow these handy tips:
Font: Keep a constant font across your resume. Research suggests to opt for a Sans-Serif family of fonts for a cleaner, modern and objective look.
Font Size: 12 points is considered ideal for your resume body. Titles can go for 14-16 points, but be consistent with either one of the two sizes.
Alignment and Margins: Recruiters often need to make notes about your experience and education on your resume. These notes then serve as pointers to various types of interview questions. Make sure your resume has proper margins on all sides to allow recruiters space to make notes. If you use bullets, it’s best to keep your resume right aligned.