I have spent a lot of time working with people writing resumes and cover letters. I would like to share with you one of the most important resume tips for students – fresh graduates in particular. Often, the most common mistake people make is forgetting who their audience is.
Remember: you are not writing love letter to yourself when you write your resume. People are either obsessed with themselves or trying to be too creative, using fancy fonts or graphics when writing their resumes. The key to success is not to get distracted by any irrelevant elements of design; rather, you should focus on including the right content and using a simple to read layout that is acceptable to the majority of hiring managers and recruiters.
If I am looking for basic information from an applicant such as availability and language knowledge, I expect the information to appear with a quick glance at his or her resume. After the first round of cuts, I will read the shortlisted resumes. Do I want to study every single resume that crosses my desk? Absolutely not, there are too many people whose resume will waste my time. However, you certainly will get a few minutes of my time if you make the first cut.
It comes down to the old adage: you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.