Most of what you read whether it’s a menu at a restaurant, magazine article or anyone mainstream publication, has one thing in common: it’s effortless to read.
If you read an article in your favourite magazine and couldn’t get past the opening paragraph because it had too many grammatical errors, fancy language or jumbled, disorganized sentences – would you continue to read? The same goes for your resume. Take note of the following:
Too much positive – not enough negative
Does your resume read like a novel? Lots of long, descriptive paragraphs that begin at the top of the page, and end at the very bottom. Maximizing a page word count is great for pulp fiction writers, but not so wonderful for resumes. Try and split up your data with categories and design elements. If you have new information that constitutes a new subject – create an appropriate heading. Headings are a nice visual and split up the content for easy reading.
Graphs, tables, symbols – oh my!
You’ve probably seen some of the newest “innovative” resumes. They’re amazingly cool to look at. The problem? Automated tracking systems. Many big companies use ATS to filter resumes and if your resume has a bunch of stand-alone charts and graphs, you might get into the “no” pile quick like a bunny. A very frustrated bunny that is.
Poorly articulated writing
Just like it sounds, it’s important to write your resume well. Clearly written, detailed content is critical. How can your potential employer know how awesome you are – if it’s not described well? The better the writing is, the more confidant the reader will become as they’re reading. And then … presto! You get a call.
Readability is important to the overall success of your resume. Make sure it’s beautiful – not backbreaking to review for the person who is considering you for a position.