Your resume has 30 seconds to impress; do you believe it can pass the test? I’m sure you’ve heard that hiring managers spend very little time initially reviewing the resumes they receive. I say initially because if your resume doesn’t grab them at first glance it may be destined for the garbage. After all the time spent on your resume it’s discouraging to know that your efforts may go to waste. On the other hand, if it does grab them in that first thirty seconds it will encourage a more thorough review of your entire resume. However, it’s getting your resume to that point that is the trick.
So, what can you do to your resume to increase the chance that it will make the hiring manager take notice? There are a few key areas on your resume that you need to pay special attention to and a few simple strategies that can easily be incorporated into your resume.
Typically, this is the most viewed area of your resume. After that the eye tends to skim and skip, meaning that essential information may very well be missed. Try to keep the key content and your most impressive achievements on the first page. Think of it this way, you wouldn’t put a for sale sign in your backyard, right? Make your reader’s job as easy as possible by giving them the information they need, don’t make them search for it. Check out the following resume sample for some of the ways you can do this:
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by Megan Koehler