By Doris RufOn Jun 13, 2019 Free Resume
Every recruiter knows you are going to provide references if they request it, so there is no reason for you to include them in your resume. Remember that space on your resume is crucial. Dont waste it. Well above information is easily available on the internet but its half-baked. As I researched more and asked some of my friends about the importance of adding references in your resumes, They said, When you are applying for research internships programs, Its highly mandatory. Even when applying for PhDs, references and recommendations play a crucial role. Therefore, you cannot entirely skip adding references when applying for research internships or PhDs.
Now, its time to make your resume look visually appealing. In this case, that means producing a document that is legible above all else. The information should be enough to grab the attention of whoever is reading it, so your color and design choices should be relatively subdued by comparison. Start by choosing an appropriate typeface. You should use the same one throughout the resume to keep things consistent, unless you want to use a complementary font to distinguish your contact information from the other sections. Choosing a sans serif typeface will make your writing easily legible and prevent it from being incompatible with an automated screening program — Helvetica, Calibri, and Trebuchet MS are all good options.
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.
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