First glance can make all the difference. For example, a Recruiter receives 5 resumes from candidates that applied for an open position. The resume review process below shows the thoughts Recruiter’s have when reviewing resumes. In order to get a followup phone call or meeting your resume must stand out.
Here’s a little advice…when writing your resume, choose a font that is up to date, fresh and in line with what is trendy in your career field. Of course, those seeking creative jobs can cross the line and be bold because use of fonts displays typography skills. If you are not in the creative field, choose your type wisely. My choices are Arial and Georgia. Stay away from Comic Sans Serif and other fancy style fonts.
Check your resume several times before sending it out. Small mistakes can be seen as huge mistakes and stop your resume in its tracks.
Situation: 5 Resumes Reviewed by a Recruiter trying to find a candidate for a critical open position. Will your resume make the cut?
Misspelled words: oops…click/toss.
Clean format with bolds and bullets: Keep this one.
Confusing layout: I can’t read this…click/toss.
Clear and precise: Looks good…keeper.
4 Pages: I don’t think so…click/toss.
Get the picture? Always submit a resume that has no spelling errors, a clear layout with identifiable resume sections (Work Experience, Education, etc.) and defined consistent groupings within each section.
Make the First Glance Count
If your layout is not easy to read, the Reviewer will certainly toss it aside. It won’t really matter what it says or how well you have thought out each sentence. They will not take the time to read through it.
The font you choose says a lot about you. When a Recruiter scans your resume, they get an automatic feeling; they can’t help it. Here’s a few fonts and how they read.
Comic Sans Serif: Might evoke a hmm….unless you are in a creative field
Arial: A bold person with things in their life in order; professional
Times New Roman: Classy, but a little boring and old fashion
Verdana: Fresh and possibly techy; up on trends
Georgia: Fresh and Trendy
If your resume is not doing it’s job getting you interviews, let us write one for you that will get you noticed.