Less is more.
Successful resumes are concise, easy to read, and straightforward. On average, a recruiter spends less than 30 seconds perusing a candidate’s resume. This means that the last thing that you want is for them to spend any of these precious moments sorting through “fluff.” Therefore, you can improve your resume by making it as concise (yet comprehensive) as possible. Rewrite wordy sentences, remove unnecessary details, and use a simple format that is easy on the eyes.
Tailored for a perfect fit.
Using a generic resume for every position that you apply to is a quick way to end up in the “no” pile. Just as well-fitting clothes help boost your appearance, a resume that is specifically tailored to the job posting can make you seem like you are the ideal candidate for the role and increase your chances of being called for an interview. An easy way to tailor a resume for a position is to highlight skills that you possess that are relevant to the position. For instance, when applying for a position that requires computer skills, it would be a good idea to ensure that your resume lists specific operating systems or programs that you are intimate with and have used in your past roles.
Grammar and spelling should be perfect.
As with anything in life, first impressions are critical when applying for a job. Your resume is your first (but hopefully not your last!) written correspondence with a prospective employer and is a representation of you on paper. Not only do spelling and grammar mistakes detract from the most important part of your resume, your qualifications for a given position, but they also communicate to your prospective employer that you are careless and not detail-oriented. This is the opposite of the message that you want to communicate when you are applying for a job.