We get it, sending out your resume to employers can be intimidating. You want to make the best first impression to land your dream job. But are you doing everything you can in your resume to ensure that happens?

Resumes go through many hands and applicant tracking systems. While most companies have gone to a more digital format that will discard your resume if it has errors, at Media Staffing Network, we personally review each resume that comes to us to ensure we are matching our applicant with the right company. And because we take this time, we see all kinds of resumes; some good, some bad, and some that are not readable at all. Since this stage in the application process is critical to success in finding employment, we have put together best practices that will help you get your resume in the hands of those you want to read it. Remember, most resumes only receive 5-7 seconds of attention, so get the right info on the top!

Resume Best Practices

  • Be sure to tailor your resume to each specific job you are applying to
  • Watch for spelling errors
  • Use standard margins 1-inch border on all sides
  • Be consistent with font and size (use Times New Roman, Arial, Calibri, Cambria, or Helvetica – all translate well between operating systems – use font size 10 – 14)
  • List accomplishments (metrics)
    • Example: cut expenses and saved company 30k a year
  • Focus on results, not always activity
    • Developed a new marketing plan that increased sales by 10%
    • Helped transition data into the cloud to make the organization more efficient and secure
  • When entering work history include Month and Year
  • Include a career summary – should be thought of like an elevator pitch. USE short sentences that show specific skills and experience.
  • If fresh out of school, include college courses, that are relevant to the job you are applying
  • We live in a digital world, include digital skills relating to the position you are applying to
    • Social media
    • Graphic design
    • Data analytics
    • Programming/coding
    • Content management systems
  • Education goes on the bottom
  • Don’t use Acronyms
  • Contact details need to include a cell phone number and email; an address is not required
  • Be sure to use Microsoft Word or Open Offices Writer to ensure your resumes can easily transfer over to their computer system in a clean and understandable layout
  • Avoid using Canva customized resumes for electronic submission. For reasons listed above. Canva customized resumes are best used for job fairs and in-person hand delivery submissions

Need more help with your resume? We have resume writing and coaching packages available that can assist you! We also have a comprehensive tips section on our website that provides cover letter examples as well as tips on how to reach out to employers once you have submitted your resume. Click here to learn more!