Formatting resumes. We all have our own ways to send resumes to clients. Some Recruiters just slap a logo and their own contact information on it, while others take the time to make sure the spelling and grammar are correct before sending the resume to the client with logo and their personal contact information. I see resumes from Recruiters that have different fonts, colors and misspelled words throughout the resume. To get attention from your clients with a candidate’s resume, you should follow these steps:
- Highlight the whole resume with your mouse, and clear the font to take out all the bolded words and different fonts.
- Choose a clear font (ex. Times New Roman, Arial) and make the whole resume the same font, same font point, and the same color.
- Take out the tables. If a candidate has made their whole resume one big table or a small section, make sure you “merge cells” and then “delete row”.
- Make sure each section is clearly defined. There is no need for inserting lines or designs. You can simply make sectioned words in CAPS/BOLDED-PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: or underlined/Bolded-Professional Experience:
- No use for Tabs. You should keep company, dates of position, and title in one clear area. There is no need to tab over to break it up.
- Make sure there is a company name. Some candidates like to keep this “Confidential” but if you have a relationship, it should be clear that you will be confidential in helping them with their job search.
- Always make sure sentences make sense and are used in proper past and present tense.
- If the candidate does not have a degree, do not make your client question if they do. Make it clear the candidate is currently taking classes or finished without graduating.
- Create “talking points”, at the beginning, that will grab the client’s attention without reading through the whole resume. This is your first chance to sell the candidate to the client. Let’s face it, some candidates have resumes that are anywhere from 1-18 pages. Those 18 pages can quickly get cut down. No one wants to go through 18 pages of the same information over and over again.
- Lastly, do a thorough Spelling and Grammar check. Afterwards, read each sentence to make sure words are spelled correctly and make sense. I have made the mistake of a sentence stating “suing PeopleSoft applications” rather than “using”. I was completely embarrassed.
If you have any suggestions, please feel to add further. This was a short list of creating an eye pleasing resume. If a resume makes you cringe, you know your professional expertise is in dire need.