NEWS + ADVICE
5 Things to Avoid When Designing Your Resume
Your resume is going to be scanned at some point in your job search so plan accordingly when designing it.
This holds true even when you provide someone with a hard-copy of your resume. Gone are the days of sharing paper. If a recruiter gives your resume to a hiring manager, the resume is scanned and emailed to the hiring manager. Likewise, if you provide your resume to a friend and ask the friend to refer you, it’s most likely going to be scanned.
At a Cleared Job Fair we ask any job seekers who have not pre-registered for a copy of their resume. That allows us to scan the resume and provide it to all the cleared facilities employers who are in attendance.
We always receive a number of resumes that present scanning challenges.
So even though you think making your resume unique and more noticeable through the use of colors or heavy paper is beneficial, you’re actually shooting yourself in the foot! The issues we regularly see that you should avoid:
1. Black, yellow or other colored paper. Stick with white paper so the text is easily readable after scanning.
2. Thick paper similar to card stock. This often jams a scanner feeder. If I’m a recruiter with a stack of resumes, don’t make me hand-feed your resume…it’s not going to make you stand out in a good way.
3. Highlighting text in pink, light blue or other colors. Some colors do not scan well so the safe choice is black.
4. Shading sections of text. Shading can be difficult for a scanner to read properly and makes the text more difficult to read.
5. Tiny type. Sure a recruiter can zoom in to read your small typestyle, but the goal is to make their job easier, not more difficult!
A recent study claims that recruiters spend an average of six seconds reviewing a resume, so simple truly is best. A quality twenty pound white laser paper using only black ink and no shading is all you need.
Dedicated to Wendy Budd, our Registration Manager who spends countless hours scanning resumes.This entry was posted on Monday, June 04, 2012 7:00 am