On the Job Hunt: 5 Ideas That Can Spruce Up Your Resume

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So much of the job hunting game these days depends on looks and first impressions. And there is no better way to make a great first impression then through your resume, the first insight any company has into you as an individual. Without a polished resume, you can almost forget about ever getting a job interview and starting that long-term career you have bee working towards. To help, below we have compiled five ideas that can help spruce up your resume and stand out as the right choice to your future employer.

1. Add Aesthetically Pleasing Negative Space
Some resumes have a cramped look to them. This can be off putting. If your resume is nothing but walls of text, you need to rethink your design. Take advantage of negative space when needed, it will give the document some breathing room. While you don’t want so much space that it looks empty, a little can go a long way. This is the first impression you have on a company or individual. Although design may not seem important in the field you are entering, some designs are just more pleasing to the eye and will give you an edge.

2. Add Action Verbs
Action words can give the reader a sense that you are more of a hard worker. For example, saying you achieved a goal with an action verb comes off as more commanding than wording it like it just happened due to circumstance. If you have bullet lists in your resume, make sure to begin each of them with an action verb. Also convey what you did for the company, not just your job title, but the actually goals you achieved and how you bettered the company.

3. Remove Unnecessary Information
Some people feel pressured to prove they are very round person in their resume. This isn’t necessary. The only thing you need to prove is that you are qualified for the position and have the skills necessary for the job. While it may have been admirable that you were on the swim team in college, this information has nothing to do with working in an office environment. If an employer wants to learn more about you personally, they should be forced to give you an interview.

4. Add Bullet Lists
One way to make your resume more readable is implementing bullet lists instead of using sentences to describe items in a list. This should especially be done for achievements. The bullet list will actually focus the reader’s attention on the listed information more easily. When this information is your achievements, this is a very good thing.

5. Tailor Your Resume to the Job You Are Applying To
You don’t want to use a generic one size fits all resume. A resume submitted for an exterminator position at admiral pest control should read very different than a resume submitted for a teaching position. While some information will be the same, it should be crafted in a different manner. Each job has a different title and duties, you will be achieving different goals for each position. Before submitting your resume to each job, look over the job listing. Make sure that you tailor that resume to meet and fit the needs of that specific position.

Overall, submitting a resume is the first step to getting a new job. Take this step seriously. Your resume should be easy to read and do a good job of selling your qualifications at the same time.

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       About the Guest Author: Brionna Kennedy is native to the Pacific Northwest, growing up in Washington, then moving down to Oregon for college. She enjoys writing on fashion and business, but any subject will do, she loves to learn about new topics. When she isn't writing, she lives for the outdoors. Oregon has been perfect for indulging her love of kayaking, rock climbing and other outdoor activities. For those looking for a pest control company, Brionna suggests checking out Admiral Pest Control.

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