Over 87% of employers in the Aussie Resumes Employer Survey classified resume presentation as very important.
Why? It’s the first impression of you.
If you were selling your car what would you do?
More than likely you would wash and polish the exterior, give it a thorough clean inside, blacken the tyres, polish the chrome. All basic stuff, but something which makes a difference when a prospective customer comes to buy your vehicle. It could be the difference between getting $10,000 or $15,000.
When it looks good, your car is perceived as something which will perform well. You are no different.
It also demonstrates to the hiring manager a sense of pride in oneself. Pride in oneself extends to what? Their business. If you take the time to appropriately and professionally market yourself, you are perceived as potentially doing the same for their business and / or your tasks at hand.
So how do you lift your image?
- Use a business-like font, such as Arial (which, by the way, is an “open” font), or Verdana, Times New Roman, or Garamond.
- Only use graphics or fancy borders if it is advantageous to do so. i.e. if you work in a creative role or environment.
- Utilise bullet points.
- Ensure your name and page number is on each page.
- Format in a business-like manner. Eg: body of text should not be larger than headings; do not underline full paragraphs of text; etc.
- Check, check and re-check spelling and grammar and ensure your document is free of typographical errors.
Time spent in presenting a professional image will certainly be a major factor in you gaining an interview.
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