What Employers Look for in a Resume|
Courtesy Newsday News, Sunday, June 25 2006
Employers often receive more than 100 resumes each day; they skim each of these in seven to 15 seconds. In order to catch a prospective employer’s attention and fuel his or her interest in you as a potential employee, refer to the following tips. Remember, most resumes end up buried in a file cabinet or wind up in the “circular file.” So invest your time in developing an eye-appealing and informative resume that sells your skills and gets your foot in the door for an interview.
Because resumes are read quickly, appearance is very important. Resumes should be designed so that layout is inviting and information very easy to locate. To accomplish this, you should:
Information in resumes is carefully selected to convince prospective employers that you have the necessary qualification for the position you’re seeking. The following categories of information are normally presented in the order given. However, as job applicants gain more experience, the experience section is normally moved before the education section.
Notice that no personal information section is included. There is a view that prospective employers cannot ask about your age, marital status, or health. On the other hand such information could be significant. You have to consider this seriously before deciding whether to include personal details on your resume.