By Sandra HolzOn Aug 19, 2019 Free Resume
You may be thinking why would I say this? What about being creative? I am a designer, Why should I use old templates which anyone can use? With the dawn of Applicant Tracking System (ATS), You may need to hold your creative juices here. Some companies use ATS for handling resumes. These systems let companies to automatically filter candidates based on some criteria. According to ATS guidelines, your resumes should not contain any graphic element. This means no images, icons, tables or any shapes. If any of these are present, ATS could jumble up your information while reading your resumes and you could lose a potential job opportunity. There are other guidelines too around using font type, bullets etc. For full list of guidelines, read this article.
As there are guidelines around using your photo in the resume, there are guidelines for the language you should use in your resume. Some prefer to write resumes in the third person but everybody knows that you are writing your resume by yourself. Therefore always write in the first person but remove pronouns. Pronouns are extra words you would be adding in descriptions. Remove them and save space.Also, take care of the grammar. If you have bad grammar like me, do get it to proofread from someone proficient in grammar. You dont want to create a bad impression by using bad grammar in your resume.
Dont worry about making this information look attractive for the time being — we will style the document as a whole later on. One thing thats important to remember is that your personal information should be in the body of the document, rather than included as a header. Screening software can sometimes ignore text that is not formatted that way, which might result in your resume going unread by an actual human. Next, insert a section break, by navigating to Page Setup in the Layout tab and using the Breaks dropdown menu. The Continuous break works best here, as we are looking to divide the document into sections that sit on the same page. These breaks will make it easier to edit individual parts of the resume later on.
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