By | Morgan Smith | www.cnbc.com
If you’re looking for a new job, your resume is your best friend. This document is your first introduction to a hiring manager and, if written well, can help you get your foot in the door of your dream company.
Learning how to make your resume stand out can also help you succeed in a competitive job market. Hiring managers might sift through hundreds of applications to fill a single role, often spending no more than six seconds scanning each resume.
Jeff Hyman, the CEO of Recruit Rockstars, has reviewed thousands of resumes and interviewed more than 30,000 people throughout his 25-year career as a recruiter.
Follow these three steps, per Hyman’s advice, to write an eye-catching resume:
Don’t just list your job responsibilities – highlight your achievements and results
One of the biggest resume mistakes you can make, according to Hyman, is cramming in too much information.
“You don’t want to submit a lengthy, two-page resume in a small font listing every job or accomplishment you’ve ever had,” he says. “It’s never going to work in your favor.”
In addition to keeping your resume to one page (and using a 12-point font), Hyman recommends using bullet points under each work experience you include to highlight clear, quantifiable achievements and results, rather than describing your job responsibilities.