Best Resume Tips for 2019
Keep it short and sweet
Your ideal resume is one to three pages long. A good rule of thumb: if you are less than a decade out of high school, keep it to one page. If you are less than two decades out of high school, keep it to two pages. After that, try to max out at three pages. Employers are typically most interested in your recent accomplishments.
You want to highlight your strengths and experience, without getting lost in the shuffle. Straightforward, easy to read fonts and formatting are always a good bet. Overly fancy styling and formatting on a resume can be downright confusing and take away from your intended message.
Employer Specifics: Where have you worked, how long did you work there, and what did you accomplish during that time?
Education, Credentials and Certifications: What education, credentials, certifications, etc. do you have that relate to your field?
Why you are a Star: Promotions, awards and other professional recognition
How you go above and beyond: Ways in which you have added value to your organization (mentoring new employees, cross training to help in other areas, increasing efficiency, winning a big client, etc.)
How you help your Community: i.e. Volunteer engagements
Professional Organizations: Who do you collaborate with?
LinkedIn Profile: Make sure it is up to date with a professional photo and that the employment history and dates match your resume. Hiring Managers look and consistency is key.
Soft skills: Keep these to one line at most. We love that you are a team player who can multi-task but save that info for the interview. Those type of “soft skills” come across best in person.
Hobbies: We all have hobbies, they are an awesome part of a healthy, balanced life. However, your potential employer may be confused if you are applying for an Accounting role and have your Yoga Teacher, Nutritionist Certificate and Zumba Instructor info on your resume. If you get asked during the interview what you like to do in your spare time, these are great to bring up, but other than that your personal interests and hobbies should take up no more than one line on your resume.
School Curriculum: Typically, your degree and work history paint a clear picture of who you are and what you have accomplished, without the Hiring Manager having to scroll through half a page of “English Lit, Math 101, Art History, etc.”