“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Airman’s Odyssey
Start by putting yourself in the shoes of a recruiter or a hiring manager. What would compel you to spend time reviewing a resume? What would you see that would convince you to advance that candidate to the next step? Also, remember that our interviewer will be impressed if you mention the time you took to understand what your distinctive skills are, what you value and what you like to create.
Visually designing a resume is the easy part. Ensuring that the right information about you is transmitted requires skill and reflection. This means you will need to modify your resume to ensure it is aligned with each job description you’re applying for. Remember, organizations invest quite a bit in new employees, so they want to make sure you will contribute for many years.
It’s important to remember that artificial intelligence is increasingly used by companies in the recruiting process. These applicant tracking systems (ATS) sift through resumes and theoretically help identify the most qualified candidates. Your resume must be designed to optimize your outcome when an ATS is used by the hiring company. This has implications for design, formats and word choices.