By Sean Weinberg
If you’re a job seeker, it’s easy to start hating your resume.
After all, it takes time to write and edit, it always needs attention, and it’s practically the mascot of a very stressful time in your life: the job search.
Your poor resume. If you hate it, who loves it?
Employers. That’s right, right now, somewhere, an employer is loving your resume. For a very simple reason: all the things you did right.
What kind of things? Well, I’ll tell you. Check out the five big reasons why employers LOVE your resume:
1. Your cover letter is the perfect introduction
That’s what a cover letter is: an introduction. I see too many job seekers gloss over their resume or use it as a platform to beg when its intended use is so much simpler.
Your cover letter, in short, should say: “Hi my name is Bob. I do X and want to do X for your company. Here’s my resume”. If your cover letter isn’t a convincing introduction, no one will read (and therefore love) your resume.
2. It’s organized
Formatting and organization plays such a special role when it comes to your resume. After all, whether or not you use bullet points doesn’t change the content of your resume, but it does affect how an employer reads that content. Simply put, a well-organized resume is one that flows easier to anyone who reads it. The easier the flow, the more content is absorbed. The more content is absorbed, the likelier an employer is to want to get to know you even better.
Skip the templates and just use the formatting tools that you know well. Bullet points, columns, and tables are all smart tools to keep in mind when organizing your resume.
3. You skipped the “fluff”
A common faux pas I see on resumes of all levels is too much fluff. What kind of fluff am I talking about? High school GPA’s, detailed lists of interests and hobbies, and the dreaded “References, writing samples, and a toxicology report upon request.” all fall into the category of “fluff.”
Even if you can fit it all on one page, fluff clogs up the simplicity of a well-constructed resume. Employers don’t want to search for the important info, so don’t make them.
4. It’s readable
It doesn’t matter if you have a PhD in English or you’re applying to be a mime: a readable resume is important in any profession. While it may seem obvious (making your resume readable), not all job seekers consider readability when constructing their resumes.
After doing some research of our own, we found that the ideal resume reading level hovers right around eleventh grade. Keeping your writing simple, persuasive, and jargon-free can guarantee that anyone will be able to read through your resume (and love it!).
5. You branded it
Last, but not least, employers love resumes that are branded. What does that mean? Well, a branded resume is one that has consistent themes throughout the document, as well as on other venues.
Let’s say you want to brand yourself as a leader. Your resume would show off your leadership in each position you held, along with your academic information. Your resume would also link to your social media profiles or website where that vein of leadership continues.
What do you think? What other qualities do employers love to see in resumes? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Sean Weinberg is the COO and co-founder of RezScore, a free web application that reads, analyzes, and grades resumes – instantly. Also the founder of Freedom Resumes, Sean has dedicated his career to helping job seekers write the best possible resumes. You can connect with Sean and the RezScore team on Facebook and Twitter.