Entry-level resumes. They are desired by nearly every new graduate out there beginning THE job search. Unlike previous generations, many of these tech-savvy young adults create their own resumes and cover letters. It seems like a no-brainer when using apps. Think again. Using stock may be cheap, but as the saying goes, “you get what you pay for” in terms of a product’s quality. When hiring a resume writing service, like We Write It Right, look for the Three Cs of fashion to keep documents classic, crisp, and clean. Looking to do it alone? We discussed key traits of a great resume in an earlier blog, http://wewriteitright.com/three-things-every-resume-needs/
Classic paper choices works best for entry level positions. Anything labeled “sleek” or “elegant” may be too sophisticated for an entry-level position. Furthermore, anything that has graphics of mac-and-cheese, kittens, or rainbows in watermark backgrounds must be avoided to be taken seriously. Reaching in each of these directions mismatches skill sets with the position levels being sought. Keep it classic with solid ecru or ivory paper in a 24-pound linen. This weight gives credence to the hard put into getting the degree, certificate, and/or license. Stay away from regular white paper, which causes eye strain. You want the reader to continue from the cover letter to the bottom of the resume not set it aside due to glare.
Crisp wording goes a long way in grabbing a recruiter’s attention. By showing restraint and giving the most important details, applicants set themselves apart from those who cram every sentence with lists of classes, extracurricular activities, and every single participation award ever received in high school and college. Need a rule of thumb? Three to five short phrases or sentences per section work best.
Clean formatting is a hallmark of great business writing. It provides the framework to your qualifications. As with fashion statements, less is more. For example, use a thin border or a line to separate the header from the copy – never both. And use bullets sparingly. Choose filled spheres over dashes, boxes, or other textbook symbols. Again, you want the reader to pay attention to the wording, not the cleverness of the intricate fonts. Ditto with using bold and italics. Both detract from the wording unless they are used appropriately for titles.
Observing the Three Cs can go a long way to creating a resume package that stands out in a crowd. Keep it classic, crisp, and clean and you can’t go wrong.