This Is What the Perfect Résumé Looks Like


Michelle Halford of The Design Chaser

One of the most intimidating aspects of applying for a new job is crafting the perfect résumé. The sheer number of templates available online can give even the most seasoned expert fits of frustration. But according to one résumé expert, there are still some cardinal rules that hold true when assembling the perfect CV.

Amanda Augustine, a career-advice expert for TopResume, recently divulged to Business Insider some surefire ways to ensure that your résumé stands out from the pack. According to Augustine, the top third of the page should give employers a snapshot of who you are, answering questions such as what type of job you’re targeting and why you’re qualified for it. Augustine also recommends using that space to tease the rest of the résumé.

Providing an objective is a mistake that a lot of people make, Augustine adds. According to her, these short intros tend to come off as vague and don’t really reveal anything about the candidate. Instead of telling a prospective employer what you can provide them, it merely explains what you want from them. Augustine suggests replacing the objective with a personal summary that also serves to explain your passions and area of expertise.

As for the actual formatting—which is what often times gives people the most anxiety—Augustine contends that section headers should be between font size 13 and 16 while the main body should be between 10 and 12. In terms of length, Augustine suggests keeping your résumé at one page if you're applying for an entry-level position. Those who are at least five years out of college and have had multiple jobs can extend theirs to two pages.

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