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When you apply for a job, you don’t generally have an opportunity to make a first impression in person. Your resume does that for you. If that first impression is good, you may advance to the next step in the search. Is your resume up to the task?

Should it be a boring format?

No one wants a boring resume, but keep in mind that you only get one chance to make a first impression. Use a modern, professional format. Format your resume so that it is pleasing to the eye but doesn’t focus more on visuals than content.

When you consider resume styles, you may be torn between chronological and functional; however, there’s another style known as a combination resume. It can be difficult to choose, but if you consider the job description and your experience, it may become apparent that one is a better choice. Your resume should reflect your goals and unique background, to create a document that works for you, not one that conforms to a particular format.

Should it feature color or different fonts?

When people want to make a resume stand out, they may decide to try to make it unique so it will get noticed. However, there are certain aspects of a resume where it’s important to go the traditional route. Font is a good example: once you choose a font, you should stick with it for the whole resume. In addition, the font should be modern and professional, as noted about the format, above.

How about color? Resist the urge to make your font a different color, but you may find that blocks of color are a good option for you. Using blocks of color to guide the reader through your resume will not only help with flow and comprehension, but it will also get your resume to stand out from the numerous applicants.

How do you find a balance?

First impressions are important, so your resume must represent you well. It should be SHARP: Succinct, Honest in all of its details, Attractive in the sense of being pleasing to the eye, Right in reflecting who you are and the experiences you’ve had, and Pertinent. If you hit all of these notes, you’re off to a good start.

It’s always good to get input on your resume, in terms of balance, proofreading, and in general. Ask family or friends to take a look at it for you; always, always have several eyes look at your resume.

How do you create a resume to match your personality?

If you let a little bit of your personality shine through, it will help you make a solid first impression. One way to do this is to mention your volunteer work and/or hobbies. Even if it’s in one line at the bottom, mentioning a few of these hobbies shows you’re a well-rounded person who has interests outside of work.

Are you looking for your next assignment?

At 365 Healthcare Staffing Services, we specialize in the recruitment and placement of healthcare professionals in per diem, travel, and permanent assignments in healthcare facilities across the country. Are you looking for your next assignment? We’d love to see your resume. Give us a call at 310.436.3650!

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