Creating a resume is an important part of the employment process. A good resume will highlight your skills and work experience without going overboard or not having enough details. Your resume is the first thing potential employers will see of you, so putting the time and effort into making your resume as perfect as possible will help you stand out among other applicants.
Format Like a Professional
A resume that stands out from the crowd is going to be formatted like a professional's— even if this is your first resume. There are many free online templates that you can use as a base for building a resume that will help you with formatting. Things like a header with your name and information, columns to add information in, and clearly labeled sections will help your resume look like a professionals.
Using a template is a great help. After all, no employer wants to look at a bulleted list instead of a resume. But you can still build a resume by yourself if you know how to format it to look professional. Spellchecking and making sure that everything is consistent is another important part of formatting a perfect resume.
Highlight Your Talent
You have plenty of skills, even if you don't have a lot of job history or experience. Are you a good leader? Do you learn new skills quickly? Can you listen and follow directions the first time you hear them? Are you on time? All of these are skills that you can add to a resume.
A big mistake a lot of applicants make is stretching the truth on resumes and adding skills that they don't have. Don't make this mistake in your resume. Keep it honest by including only the skills and job experiences you actually have. The last thing you want is to get called out for something untruthful on a resume by a potential employer.
Writing the perfect resume can be hard, especially if it is your first time. Getting help from someone who has written many resumes before or has experience reading them as a hiring manager can make a big difference. You can also stop in at any of our Northern Staffing offices, where we have dedicated staff to help you build the best resume possible. Click on the link below to view all of our branches.