Employers are often inundated with resumes every time they post a job and hence a resume has to catch the eye of the prospective employer to brighten the chances of being called for an interview.
Many times the resumes are not properly made and hence not enough attention is drawn to them, and as a consequence, either they are not noticed or they are ignored without a second glance. Studies have shown that up to 75% of qualified applicants are rejected because they cannot be read.
Below are the formatting and keyword rules you must follow to make friends with your potential employer. They will help ensure that your resume does not hurt your chances of getting hired.
Your resume is not the place to get creative. The details should be in facts and figures and well organized.
Use a .doc or .txt format.
Do not use a .pdf or any other format. These can be easily read.
Do not include graphics or tables on your resume.
They not only give a wrong idea to the employer that you are not capable of explaining in sentences.
Do not use resume templates.
Originality is the prime requirement.
List the names of your employers first, then the dates you worked there.
This sequence is essential in getting the attention of the employer.
Upload your resume instead of typing it in.
Uploaded resumes are more decipherable and inadvertent errors can be avoided.
It is important to use keywords correctly without any spelling mistakes.
One way to do this is by really researching the place where you hope to work. Search online for news about the employer; try to talk with people who work there or have recently. Then, do everything you can to demonstrate on your resume how what you’ve done matches what is now most important to the company where you are applying.