Tips For Maximizing Scannability of Your ResumÃ©
â€¢ Use white or light-colored 8.5 x 11 paper, printed on one side only
â€¢ Provide a laser printed original.
â€¢ Do not staple or fold.
â€¢ Use standard, easy to read typefaces such as: Times New Roman, Helvetica, Times, Palatino, New Century Schoolbook, Arial, etc.
â€¢ Use a font size of 10-12 points.
â€¢ Do not condense spacing between letters.
â€¢ Use boldface and/or all capital letters for section headings as long as the letters do not touch each other.
â€¢ Avoid vertical and horizontal lines, graphics, and boxes.
â€¢ Avoid a two-column format or resumes that look like newspapers or newsletters
â€¢ List each phone number on its own line.
â€¢ Use a one-line format for your addresses.
Tips for Maximizing Hits
â€¢ Use enough key words to define your skills, experience, education, professional affiliations, etc.
â€¢ Describe your experience with concrete words rather than vague descriptions. For example, it is better to use "Managed a team of software engineers" rather than "responsible for managing, training".
â€¢ Be concise and truthful.
â€¢ Use more than one page if necessary. The computer can easily handle multiple-page resumÃ©s, and it uses all of the information it extracts from your resumÃ© to determine if your skills match available positions. It allows you to provide more information than you would for a human reader.
â€¢ Use jargon and acronyms specific to your industry (spell out acronyms for human readers).
â€¢ Increase your list of key words by including specifics, for example, list the complete names of software you use such as Microsoft Word and Lotus 1-2-3.
â€¢ Use common heading such as: Objective, Summary of Qualifications, Employment, Work History, Positions Held, Appointments, Skills, Summary, Accomplishments, Strengths, Education, Affiliations, Professional Affiliations, Publications, Papers, Licenses, Certifications, Examinations, Honors, Personal, Additional, Miscellaneous, References, etc.
â€¢ If you have extra space, describe your â€œsoftâ€ skills. Key words could include: time management, dependable, high energy, leadership, and integrity.
E-mailing your ResumÃ©
Many employers prefer electronic versions of your resumÃ© and cover letter. Also, e-mail is often the most efficient way to send resumÃ©s when you are conducting a long-distance job search. If an employer does not specify their preference for receiving application materials, but provides an e-mail address with their other contact information, you may assume that e-mail is an acceptable way to send your resumÃ©.
Tips for e-mailing your resumÃ©
â€¢ Attach your resumÃ© to your message as an MS Word document; because this is the most universal program, nearly every employer will be able to open and read your resumÃ©
â€¢ Use only universal fonts, like Times New Roman or Arial, to ensure that the employer will view the document exactly as you sent it.
â€¢ Pasting your resumÃ© into the body of your e-mail message will cause your formatting (including bullets, columns, indentation, lines, and font style) to be lost.