A good resume is hard to come by. It requires a lot of thought and effort, and for many candidates… some professional help.

The art of the good resume has evolved and changed over the last 10 years. Different styles of writing and formatting have come and gone, but here are some tips that will help put you on the winning path. Even a resume that’s really good can’t guarantee you a job, but it can get you in the door.

Get it Together

Make sure your content is compelling first, then worry about the design and layout. While appearance can set you apart, it’s hard to impress if you don’t have substance to go with that style. Plus, it’s a lot easier to work with a complete document. Otherwise, you may find yourself forced to re-do design and formatting work as you add or change positions or bullet points.

Contact Information

Your name and contact information should appear prominently at the top of the page without exception. Think of it as the personal letterhead at the top of your professional resume. It should stand out, make a good first impression and gain credibility that will bring the reader in to the rest of your document. After all, you don’t want there to be any confusion about how to respond to set up an interview.

Color is OK!

If wielded with a light hand, color can add a needed point of interest that will draw in the reader. A black and white resume is the norm, but adding one touch of color is not unheard of. Consider adding a different color monogram, or making your headings a dark blue instead of black. Keep in mind that if you’re sending the resume electronically,  the recipient may not print it out in color despite your intentions.

Link Them to Work Samples

Is the resume format too limiting for you? If you’re a designer, writer, or other creative professional, you may benefit from going beyond the standard

If you really want to wow them with your creativity, use a link or QR code on your resume to direct hiring managers to an online portfolio. Let your talent speak for you by showing off your best work.

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