A resume or CV can speak a thousand words to employers. In a world where first impressions matter, the smallest details like how spaced your writing is on a page can give impressions off about how friendly you are, your presentation skills, and how adaptable you are in situations that may arise. But, what else can your resume tell an employer, and how?
We all know how important the font is. If you are creative, the typical fonts you see may not look right. Experimental fonts like Bradley Hand or Lucida (especially if you’re a copywriter or a creative writer) might be better for showing your fun, sophisticated, personality much better than using the typical Times Roman or Arial fonts. There is a risk when using some fonts, though. Be too erratic with your choice, and you run the risk of scaring off your employer. They might see you as not being able to fit in with their style of writing or, worse, their work style. A good idea is to look carefully at their website for their font type and use this. Another tip could be to use the font style of successful resumes or CV in the field you want to work in.
2. Mixing Sections
Experience can show through your writing when it comes to a resume. If you lack confidence, you might be tempted to mix different sections together. Hobbies that should have been saved for the “additional information” section end up being part of your work experience section. Instead, if you’re confident about your experience, be short and concise and save most of the explaining for the interview stage. Briefly overview the essential bits on your resume. An employer will see you as a person who won’t be able to answer a question correctly and will mask your experience, which can be worse than admitting there are areas you need to work on.
3. Spelling Mistakes
In the education section of your resume, you might have passed all of your high school exams in English. However, if your employer sees lots of spelling mistakes before they reach the education section, there’s a high chance your resume will end up in the bin. Taking time to check over your writing shows how caring you are. If your resume or CV looks, cluttered employers would also doubt whether you’ll care about how you appear when you come into work. Will you turn up in casual dress instead of formal? Plus, if you’re aiming to work in a position where you’ll be reaching out to potential customers, good first impressions are vital. A lost customer could have harsh consequences for the future of a business.
So, whether you’re just starting to build a resume or you’re struggling to find a position in your ideal field, it’s important to check your resume carefully. The typography, organizing, and spelling mistakes could create false beliefs about your ability even if you are overqualified and suitable for the position.