FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (August 29, 2014) –When
it comes to first impressions in a job search, there is nothing as important as
a well-organized and visually appealing resume, especially when job recruiters
quickly skim over the document before making a decision to toss it into the
possible contender or rejection pile. With such a short time to get important
information across, and many other candidates competing for the same position,
it is crucial that job seekers make their resumes as polished and professional
as possible. To commemorate Update Your Resume Month, which is recognized in
September, Broward College’s Career Center is offering tips to produce a resume
that will impress potential employers -
Keep formatting consistent. Although
you may have an urge to get creative with font sizes or colors, it is best to
keep formatting uniform throughout the document. Do not center or justify all
text, but align left and use a single font. This will help make it easier to
scan the document, so if the recruiter needs to refer back to something
important, they won’t get distracted by unnecessary elements.
Be careful with all-caps. To
create emphasis, avoid using all capitals. Not only is it difficult to
read, but improper. Reserve all capitals for your name and bold all other
important section headings.
That said: bold wisely. Again,
it is easy to get carried away when trying to highlight important information
so that it immediately stands out. When deciding to bold text, don’t bold two
pieces of information that are related, such as a job title and the company you
worked for at that position. It is better to bold either the company or job
title. For new graduates with little work experience, bolding the company name
would be a better option. Whereas, those with a long work history could choose
to bold a job title instead.
Keep bulleted information brief.
It is best to follow the “short and sweet” advice for a resume, but especially
when it comes to bulleted information that you use to describe your past work
experience. Make sure to keep it to a sentence or two.
Make sure to use digits.
Writing out the spelling of a number will not only take up more space, but it
will also decrease readability. To avoid this problem, be sure to use digits.
Serving more than
68,000 students annually, Broward College provides residents with certificate
programs, two-year university-transfer degrees, two-year career degrees and
baccalaureate degrees in selected programs. The mission of the college is to
provide high-quality educational programs and services that are affordable and
accessible to a diverse community of learners. For more information, visit www.broward.edu.