You might think your light industrial resume is in ship-shape and ready to go, but missing a few simple factors can sink your chances of landing that job.
Because the job entails sifting through countless resumes, hiring personnel quickly become sticklers for detail. Spelling, grammar, appearance and structure are just as important if not more important than the resume’s content.
Proper Spelling and Grammar
While automating spell check and grammar check on word processing programs catch most errors, they don’t catch everything. Makes sure you didn’t leave an ‘s’ off any words, you have all the right verb tenses and proper nouns – like the name of a former boss or employer – are all spelled correctly.
A great way to double-check spelling and grammar is to have a trusted friend proofread your work.
A Clean Look
A resume that is visually all over the place is a real turn-off for hiring managers, especially those who have just been looking at dozens of resumes. A good-looking resume also sends the message that you pay attention to detail.
When structuring your resume, arrange the information in the simplest way possible. Use as few sections as possible and short sentences. Also, maintain the same structure throughout your entire resume. For example: If you used bullet points in the first section, don’t write out paragraphs in later sections.
In your word processing program, select either Arial or New Times Roman as your font and use it throughout the entire document. Avoid changing your margins or borders as this can make your resume look strange next to other resumes with standard settings.
Short and Descriptive
Think of your resume as a 30-second advertisement: You don’t need to explain everything about your background, just the important parts you think will hook your reader.
If you’ve been employed by numerous companies in a variety of roles over many years, it isn’t easy to sum up your career. A profile section at the top of your resume can indicate to your readers which light industrial jobs and experiences they should pay attention to. A profile section can also help to identify you as the ideal candidate for the position you are applying for.
Finally, when listing your work history, avoid repeating the same things over and over to keep things concise.
When listing your previous jobs and experience, include specific duties and results wherever possible. For instance, if you were responsible for a major project or if you helped to improve productivity, explain how the project benefitted the company, or how much time and money you saved.
If necessary, contact your past managers for ideas on how to specifically describe your achievements and strengths.
At Cornerstone, we assist job seekers in every part of their process. If you need assistance or are curious about the opportunities we have in store, please contact us today!
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