It can be one of the most important documents in your life. You may only use it a few times, but when you do, it needs to be perfect. Everything in line. All of the right information displayed in the right order.
It's your resume. And the sad thing is that for all the work you put into it, the average employer will spend about six seconds looking at it. Not minutes, plural. Not even sixty seconds. Six. That's all you get.
The research, released by TheLadders, an online job-matching service, used "eye tracking" to analyze how long the average recruiter looks at a resume, and what specifically they're looking for. And if they don't see what they're looking for in those six seconds, your resume gets put to the side, and your chance of getting that job fades.
So what does it take to get noticed? This is what I suggest...
1. Don't make your resume too fancy.
It needs to look good, and have the right information on it. And you might not think you can make it too fancy, but trust me. You can.
2. Your experience and skills are more important than your personal achievements.
Employers aren't super concerned with your running trophies. Or that you can bake a delicious cake. (And it may sound crazy to put those things on your resume, but I've seen those exact things on a resume. No joke.) Employers want to know that you have what it takes to do the job, and that you can do it better than anybody else.
3. One page. Max.
If your resume is more than a page, you can almost guarantee that it will be thrown away. It's too much information. This isn't your life story, or an autobiography about your work experience. It's simple, concise, and well said. (The one page limit does not include your references.)
4. No photos or videos.
Unless you're applying for a job that requires you to submit photos or videos, you don't need them. This isn't about your face, and how "professional" you look. It's about how good you are at what you do.
5. Have it professionally made.
I don't say that only because I want your business, or because I think you can't do it. I say that because I want to save you the time, hassle, and headache of having to stress over creating the perfect resume. Let somebody who knows exactly what employers are looking for and has experience doing it help you.
If you're on the job hunt, I understand the desire to have a perfect resume. As a designer myself, I've tweaked, changed, and redesigned my resume more times than I care to admit. But once I realized what the important things to put on my resume were, it's barely changed since then.
It is because of all of the research I've done and all of the creating and recreating of my own resume that I'm excited to start offering resume design services from Alex Holt Design. The team and I want to help you create a resume that will get you noticed. Now, we can't guarantee that you'll get a job because of your resume. But we can ensure that your potential employer will have to take a look at what you have to offer with a resume designed by AHD.
You can head over the Project Pricing page and take a look at our resume design services. Then send us a message and we'll be glad to start working with you right away. It's a new year, and our team wants to help you make something great of it. We're here to help you create a resume, that matters.