Designing a good resume is all about selling your skills to employers who want them. When creating a resume it is important not only to focus on your own experience but also the requirements from the hiring company. Always be sure to provide details and data that demonstrate why you are successful. Here are a few tips for features employers are looking for that you should be including on your resume.
- 1 to 2 pages. Often people with extensive backgrounds try too hard to include every last detail on a resume. This is entirely unnecessary and can actually create a negative impression on the reviewer. Instead, focus on the most important information and keep it to 2 pages maximum. A good rule of thumb is to go back only 10 years in your experience and leave out anything that isn’t essential to the job for which you are applying.
- Easy to read format. It is also important that a resume reviewer can easily find all of the most important information. Include the names and dates of employment for all companies and consider bolding this information. Use bullets to list your accomplishments for each job so they can be scanned easily.
- Never send the same resume to 2 companies. You want to customize each resume based on the job requirements. Use keywords from the job description but make sure they sound natural and not forced. If you have an objective makes sure that it is appropriate for the job.
- Keywords not buzzwords. Speaking of keywords, make sure that what you use are actually useful words to describe your experience. Corporate buzzwords such as “team player” and “multi-tasker” have worn out their welcome and are an immediate red flag on a resume.
- Unique qualities. What you really want to do is make sure that you stand out among your competition. Think about what makes you uniquely qualified for the position and focus on presenting that information in a constructive way.
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