How to Create a Best-in-Class Resume

Written By: Alycia Byrne, Senior Recruiter

Have you recently entered or re-entered the workforce, started a new job, completed a big project or recently passed a certification exam? Well then, now is a great time to create, update or polish your resume!

Here are 4 helpful tips to guide you in creating a best-in-class resume!

The Prework: Customize Resume

Understanding your audience is the key to a successful resume.

  • Familiarize yourself with the organization and specific job you are applying for. 
  • Follow the organization through its social media platforms.
  • Review the “about” section of the organization. Look for key elements you can plug into your resume that match the company culture
  • Review your resume side by side with the job description. Match keywords from the job description to your resume where applicable. 
Keep it Simple: Resume Format

Your resume may be reviewed by an Applicant Tracking System before an actual person.

  • Create a simple, clean, and easy-to-read format for your resume. 
  • Resume building templates can be difficult to alter formatting to fit your specific needs. Tables, columns, graphics and other add ons can cause issues when submitting your resume to apply.
  • Choose a clean and simple font and color. Try using bold and italic for emphasis rather than font color.
  • Keep the page count to 1-2 pages.
It’s All in the Details: Resume Content

Your resume is your opportunity to brag about your accomplishments and impact you have made in your career. Walk the reader through your career journey and development.

  • Begin with a career summary, illustrate what you bring to the table for your prospective employer.
  • Build your career experiences in reverse chronological order (most recent first).
  • Structure your expertise & accomplishments using bullet points vs sentences.
  • Include education, certifications, and professional affiliations. 
Dos & Donts: What to Leave Off of Resume

What you avoid listing on your resume is almost as important as what you do list.

  • Don’t provide past supervisors and references
  • Don’t include your full address. Only include your city, state and zip code
  • Don’t use  unprofessional email addresses. 
  • Don’t use the lengthy default LinkedIn personal link. Use the shortened LinkedIn address you can customize.

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