“Never judge a book by its cover.” It’s an expression I am sure most of us have heard in our lifetime. We have always been taught to never judge anything or anyone just on the basis of their attractiveness, than why do we need to make our resume look pleasing? Is a question that might arise in your mind. If you look through the eyes of an employer you might understand the need of an exceptional resume.
An employer has lots of resumes to go through on a daily basis and it becomes a tedious process for them if the resumes they look through are poorly arranged and the information given is not apt or to the point. It takes about 3 seconds for the human brain to form an opinion. In that 3 seconds your employer would have just given a glance at your resume and wouldn’t have even read your name let alone your experiences or skills. The attractiveness of the resume would be more prominent at that point of the time. Look at the following image
All the information here is in a bulk form without any organization. Not even the name or topic is highlighted. An employer in a hurry won’t be able to find the skills, education level or experience that easily. He would have to go through the whole resume to find out what he needs. While this image:
All the information is meticulously arranged and is appealing to look at. If the recruiter needs to find a specific skill set or experience level hr would be able to do so very easily. Lots of his time would be saved and it would be a load less on his mind.
Nowadays it’s not hard to find an attractive and easy to fill resumes. They are readily available online at a menial fee and all you have to do is fill it up like a form. When you can have a magnetic resume that automatically attracts the recruiter towards it why settle for a half baked monotonous resume? A good resume needs to have a clear layout and a sensible sequence. A professional resume like the above helps in removing designing obstacles. If you write in paragraphs without giving much thought to headings or differentiating between two columns the resume looks dull and colossal while if you write in points and give proper headings, differentiate between two areas the resume is bound to look more pleasing. Even adding pie charts or rating points and adding a bit of colors makes it look appealing and you more expressive. Professional resumes have all the above mentioned qualities and all the hard work that goes in designing such resumes goes away and all you have to do give 10-15 min to fill it up and a professional looking resume is ready!
The competition is fierce in the job market and you need all the help that you can get in acquiring a job. A well made resume is a step in that direction. Where all the candidates might be giving the same single tone resume, your unique and appealing resume might pave way for you to advance in the career. Even though the resume is a single sheet of paper and does not seem much but it is the first impression that the employer gets of you and as we all know “You never get a second chance to make your first impression.” So make that first impression worth it , let your professional looking resume help you in acquiring your dream job.